This cat owner should have read South Carolina Code 47-1-70. Abandonment of animals; penalties; hunting dog exception. The state law tells us the following and covers what’s considered animal abandonment.
Animal abandonment is described as any pet that is deserted, forsaken or given up without finding another owner or without providing what is necessary to keep the dog healthy and safe. This includes
*Fresh and adequate water must be provided for the animal
*Nutritious food must be provided for the animal, relevant to species and at adequate intervals
*A shelter must be provided for the animal to protect said animal from the elements and to prevent suffering or impairment of health
A person who doesn’t provide all of the above, who just walks away (abandons) a pet, is guilty of pet abandonment. This is considered a misdemeanor in South Carolina, where state laws are among the laxest in the U.S.
Not that the law means anything to the heartless person who did this. Did anyone happen to get her license plate? Did she bother to leave food or water for the cats? What if they’d escaped the box, only to have been hit by traffic on a busy road. Greenville is a busy city. Pedestrians can’t even cross the road without being killed, much less a CAT.
The mother cat, now dubbed Beatrice, and her kittens are now on death row at the high-kill shelter in Greenville, South Carolina. Their information is listed here. Since there are kittens involved, most likely they will be rescue only, or perhaps a foster can be found.
One thing for sure is this mother cat and her kittens didn’t deserve to be left in a box to fend for themselves. If you can help them, please email the shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org.