Via the Echo:
CRUEL pet owners left a cat in a sealed, air-tight, plastic container on the doorstep of an animal charity.
But the moggy survived its ordeal and has now been named Bandit by volunteers.
Staff at the Animal Aid charity shop in Liverpool discovered the cat in a box left on their doorstep.
Members of the public regularly leave parcels outside their door for the shop to sell and volunteers thought the box was like any other.
But, when they opened it, they found a fully grown cat.
The animal was weak and in a state of shock and, at first, struggled to eat, but after some tender loving care staff now say he is on the road to recovery.
He has now gone to a vet to be checked out with a view to re-homing him in the near future.
Staff from the shop on County Road in Walton were amazed that the cat survived and disgusted that anyone could do such a thing.
It is not the first time someone has abandoned a cat there as they have a small cattery in the basement, but staff said it was the first time one had been found in an air-tight container.
They believe the cat was abandoned some time between 10.30am and 1pm on Saturday, May 24, which means he would have been there for some time before he was discovered.
Animal Aid trustee Lisa Rhodes said: â€œStaff were really shocked and amazed that the cat survived being in a small air-tight container.
â€œSadly, we see so many horrific cruelty cases.
â€œThis couldâ€™ve been thoughtlessness, we donâ€™t know. But we would call it cruelty because the cat couldâ€™ve died.â€