AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Early Sunday morning the Amsterdam Police Department received a report that six kittens had been abandoned on the side of the road on Pioneer Street.
Officers say they found the emaciated kittens huddled together in the grass outside of the entrance to Shuttleworth Park just after 6 a.m.
Once the officers got the kittens back to headquarters, they contacted the not-for-profit organization "The Pumpkin Fund" for assistance in caring for the animals. Police transported the kittens into the care of Director Tanis Brumagen.
Brumagen said the kittens were covered in so many fleas they would have likely died had not they received treatment within 24 hours.
“We’ve never seen so many fleas,” Brumagen said. “It took us almost four hours to comb nearly the 1,000 fleas off those six kittens. We’ll have to comb them every four hours for the next couple of days until they’re completely done away with.”
Brumagen said they will receive veterinary care Monday before they will be made available for adoption. She said they were in very poor health as far as hunger and fatigue, but the extent of their medical issues will be unknown until receiving a full veterinary examination.
“One could barely pick her head up when we got them this morning,” Brumagen said. “Once we fed them, they seemed to come back to life a little bit. The Amsterdam Police really saved the lives of these six kittens; they would have died had they not been fed soon.”
Brumagen said if the kittens recovered as quickly as she hoped, they would be available for adoption by the end of the week. The exact date will depend on the veterinarian’s examination. She said she believed they would likely need to be treated for tapeworms, but if they are diagnosed with coccidia, which takes 10 days to treat before they can be adopted, it will probably take a couple weeks until they are ready.
Potential adopters can pre-qualify to adopt by contacting The Pumpkin Fund at (518) 338-5986.
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding who may have abandoned the kittens to contact Officer Ariel Santiago at (518) 842-1100.