2016-08-31 / Front Page

Cat found in trunk brought to shelter

By LIZ GOTTHELF
Staff Writer


A 1-yearold cat, Sky, which was found at Hollis Sports Complex fields in a locked trunk Monday night. 
SUBMITTED PHOTO A 1-yearold cat, Sky, which was found at Hollis Sports Complex fields in a locked trunk Monday night. SUBMITTED PHOTO HOLLIS — A 1-year-old cat was reportedly found Monday locked in a trunk at Hollis Sports Complex.

Two Buxton residents said they were taking a walk at Hollis Sports Complex at 6 a.m. Monday when they came across a large trunk in the parking lot, according to a press release from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. When they attempted to open the trunk, they heard a purring sound, according to the press release.

The two went to a friend’s house, unlocked the trunk with a screwdriver and found a female cat, which they took to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook.

The cat, which shelter officials have named Sky, is believed to be about one year old. She was dirty and had fleas, but was otherwise in fair condition.

Sky is doing well and shelter officials anticipate Sky will be ready for adoption on Saturday, said Jeana Roth, director of Community Engagement.


The trunk in which Sky, a 1-year-old cat, was found in Hollis. 
SIUBMITTED PHOTO The trunk in which Sky, a 1-year-old cat, was found in Hollis. SIUBMITTED PHOTO Sky is affectionate and appears well socialized and to have been someone’s pet, said Roth.

Roth said this incident is a reminder to people that there are shelters available for cats that people can no longer, for whatever reason, take care of, and there are people looking to adopt cats.

“I always call our shelter a judgment-free zone,” said Roth. “We’re here to help and be a resource.”

Roth said the shelter contacted Hollis town officials, including the animal control officer, who are working with the York County Sheriff ’s office on an investigation. The Animal Rescue League of Greater Portland is asking anyone who may recognize Sky or have information about her abandonment to contact them directly at 854-9771.

Sky’s story has received many comments on the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s Facebook page. Many have expressed outrage regarding the incident.

“I’m losing all faith in humans. How hard would it be to bring her to a rescue? I love my pets so much. I would do anything for them. It’s just sad. Leave her to die? You have to have a VERY, VERY black heart,” commented one person.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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