Man appears to illegally dump cats at Naples shelter

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NAPLES, Fla. – A no-kill shelter is looking to identify the man who abandoned three kittens and a cat in front of its building Thursday.

Two of the three kittens abandoned in front of the Naples Cat Alliance building
Two of the three kittens abandoned in front of the Naples Cat Alliance building

The man was captured on the Naples Cat Alliance’s surveillance video and is seen dropping off kittens in a blue bin in broad daylight, just steps away from the shelter’s front door.

Megan Sorbara of the Naples Cat Alliance spotted the kittens Thursday morning.

“They were scared. One was peaking at me, the others huddled in the corner,” she said.

The man then returned and is seen placing a larger cat into the bin. That cat ran away before volunteers could help.

While they attempt to trap the cat believed to be the kittens’ mother, workers at the Naples Cat Alliance want to speak with the man responsible for animal abandonment. They want to understand the motive behind his actions — dumping away the cats, especially when volunteers were inside.

“I wish he had knocked on the door,” Sorbara said. “I wish he had knocked on the door and asked for help.”

According to Florida statutes, the abandonment of an animal in a public place is a first-degree misdemeanor. If deemed the owner of the cats, the man pictured in surveillance video could be facing jail time or a fine of up to $5,000.

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