Kitten found frozen to death, dumped outside animal shelter

Published: Nov. 12, 2018 at 5:44 PM EST
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A troubling trend of animals being dumped outside a shelter has taken a deadly turn.

The Martin County animal shelter says dogs and cats are being left outside their doors at all hours of the night in the bitter cold. On Sunday, it led to the death of a kitten.

Volunteer Cynthia McGinnis left Stray Hearts Animal Rescue around 2 a.m. Sunday and returned that afternoon to find a kitten frozen to death inside a box.

"It was soaking wet and frozen so it's gotten wet, the temperature was so cold, the kitten that young ... it wouldn't have taken it five minutes to become incapacitated and it's laid there and froze to death," McGinnis said.

McGinnis believes the kitten was about 10 to 12 weeks old.

Temperatures overnight Sunday into Sunday morning in the area were well below freezing, dropping to the low 20s for nearly 10 hours.

McGinnis says people are constantly dropping off animals in the middle of the night and while the animal shelter is battling being overcrowded, she says they'd never turn an animal away.

She urges people to wait until morning or to call the shelter, instead of making a desperate dump overnight.