Cats Die Accidentally After Drop Off at Shelter

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ELYRIA, Ohio --

A good samaritan had the very best of intentions but ended up killing three cats.

Humane officers at the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria found four boxes of kitty litter on their doorstep Friday morning. Someone stacked cat food on top of the kitty litter boxes.

Humane officers were thrilled to see, what they thought, was a significant donation. But their joy turned to sadness when they opened the kitty litter boxes. Three of the four cats inside the boxes were dead. They had suffocated.

The person or persons who left the boxes punched air holes in the lids of the kitty litter, but the food placed on top covered the holes and prevented air from reaching the cats.

Protective League Executive Director Greg Willey told Fox 8 News, "We understand the trials and tribulations a lot of people are going through in this economy. We understand people are losing their homes and need a place to turn to. Our staff strives to make people feel welcome and feel that we understand and are compassionate about their experience so they can bring animals in so we don't experience tragedy like this."

Willey urged people facing difficult situations with their animals to call shelters first so that humane officers can guide them. He said the sad situation at the Friendship shelter could have been avoided.

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