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Posted: May 05, 2015

Mother cat adopts kittens after losing her own


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By WSOC-TV – Charlotte, N.C.

INDIAN LAND, S.C. —

A person turned in six tiny kittens, which were found tied in a trash bag in a garbage can outside a Walmart in Indian Land, South Carolina.

The kittens are about 8 days old. They were given Saturday to the Indian Land Animal Hospital, which had a female cat that lost her kittens on Thursday.

The female cat, named Sandrine, cuddled up with the orphans.

WSOC-TV spoke to the woman who found the kittens.

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“I just started crying, and it was just the shock that someone could actually throw kittens away,” Collette Bouchard said.

Her brother, Michael Bouchard, was also there. He said it was just by chance they found the kittens, because he did not park where he normally does.

“If we weren't parked there, she would not have heard the animals,” Bouchard said.

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Veterinarian Monica Tarantino rushed to help the kittens.

“They were in bad shape. I don’t think they would’ve made it, not through the rest of the day given the situation they were in. They were essentially going to suffocate,” Tarantino said.

It is not clear who left the kittens in the bag. They will need homes in about seven weeks.

Officials from the animal hospital said they did not need donations for the kittens but said that if people wanted to donate, they can give to their local animal shelter or animal rescue group in honor of the rescued kittens.

The animal hospital called police to investigate the incident.

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