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Adam Thomas and Becky Bruce reportingFive kittens were abandoned in a cardboard box in the snow.
Dawn Serrano was walking her dog last night when she heard meowing from a box behind a dumpster at The Redeemer Lutheran Church near 1900 East and 2900 South area in Salt Lake City. "Pretty small. They probably shouldn't have been taken away from their mom, it looks like," she said. Serrano called the Salt Lake County Animal Shelter.
When Salt Lake County Animal Control officer Michelle Jones arrived at the scene she says, "The box was completely soaked, and the kittens were waterlogged. They were just little drowned rats." Jones says she dried them off, gave them some food and took them home.
She also says it wasn't an accident. She says, "All of these kittens were put in a large pampers diaper box, probably put in the dumpster the night before, before the weather got bad."
They're about five weeks old. Jones says she will be keeping the kittens at her home, as sort of their foster mother for the next three weeks. Jones says the kittens are eating canned cat food. Their teeth are just coming in, so they are transitioning to hard or dry cat food, but they not quite ready for it yet.
The kittens are too young to be vaccinated, which is one reason they're too young to be at the shelter. Jones says even a simple respiratory condition could be fatal to kittens of this age. The other reason is the feeding issue.
The kittens will be up for adoption as soon as they are big enough to go to the shelter, that's in about 3 weeks.