A Florida man found a bag of abandoned cats during a morning walk in a Florida neighborhood Sunday.
Robert Mosley was on his morning walk in a Port Orange neighborhood Sunday morning when he heard a lot of meowing but could not see the cats.
He walked further along Jackson Street near the corner of Canalview Bouleard and then saw a garbage bag moving in the ditch.
“I tore open the bag and there were six kittens in the bag,” Mosley said. "The bag was tied up and only had a hole in it like somebody poked a finger in it.”
Mosley called 9-1-1 and a Port Orange Animal Control Officer showed to pick up the cats, he said.
"There is a bag of kittens here," Mosley said to the dispatcher. "They are in a garbage bag. They are in this, like a trench for water."
According to a Port Orange police report, an officer responding to the scene at 9:35 a.m. on Sunday also saw the bag moving with kittens inside the bag, meowing.
Six kittens that appeared wet and cold were in the bag and a foul odor of urine emanated from the plastic garbage bag, the report states.
The kittens included two black and white ones, a black one, a calico, a tortoiseshell one and an orange and white one, authorities said. The tortoiseshell kitten had an injured tail, the report said
Mosley said the animal control officer said the kittens were about 10 days old.
Port Orange police said the cats were taken to a veterinarian where they are being cared for by the clinic's staff.
Because the garbage bag full of kittens was found in a ditch, Mosley believes that the cats were thrown out of a vehicle’s window.
“I was horrified by it,” said Mosley, a cat lover. “I just can’t believe that someone has the heart to do such a thing."
On Tuesday, Port Orange police said they are asking the public to help with information about the kittens.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Animal Control Officer Jennifer Macsar at 386-506-5836 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Volusia County Central Dispatch at 386-248-1777.
This story originally published to news-journalonline.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.