The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says deputies have a lead in the case of six kittens that were dumped in the Indian Land Walmart trash can earlier this month.
No arrests have been made. On Wednesday morning, the sheriff’s office released images of a woman inside the store “who is believed to have knowledge concerning the incident,” officials said.
Earlier this month, employees with the Indian Land Animal hospital told The Herald that the kittens are recovering after nearly dying in the trash can.
A passerby heard a subtle rustling noise in the trash and rescued the kittens. She took them to the animal hospital for care. Veterinarians there paired the week-old kittens with a female cat who had lost her own litter the week before, employees said.
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On Facebook, the animal hospital employees wrote: “We have put these babies with her and she fell in love ... We will still need to bottle feed them for a couple days until her milk comes in, but this is so heartwarming for us to watch her cuddle up with these orphans.”
They plan to find adoptive families for the kittens after the cats are at least eight weeks old.
Law enforcement authorities say they’re looking into the case and want to speak to the woman pictured in the surveillance video footage. The sheriff’s office also released an image of a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. The car owner and its occupants have information about the incident, authorities say.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact Animal Control Investigator Joel Hinson at 803-313-2083, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.sccrimestoppers.com.
Sheriff’s office officials said charges related to this case could be cruelty to animals or abandonment of animals – both misdemeanor offenses – depending on the outcome of the investigation.