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Woman Taking Out Trash Sees Box Marked 'Fragile' — Then Realizes It's Moving

“It’s unthinkable to imagine what may have happened to Holly had this wonderful woman not have saved her.”

A woman was taking out her trash near her home in Bedfordshire, England, on Thursday when she noticed a large box marked “fragile” sitting in front of the dumpster. She went to push the box out of the way — and suddenly realized the box was moving. Concerned, she opened up the box, and found a tied-up plastic garbage bag. She quickly ripped open the bag and was shocked to find a cat inside, terrified and confused. 

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“It’s a miracle this cat had not suffocated so she immediately removed her and put her in her car which was parked nearby before getting a pet carrier to secure her,” Kate Wright, an animal collection officer with the RSPCA, said in a press release. 

The woman couldn’t believe her eyes. Clearly someone had gone to great lengths to make sure the cat was unable to escape from the box, and the woman was heartbroken to think that anyone could be so cruel. Knowing the cat was in desperate need of help, she quickly contacted the RSPCA in hopes that they could take her in. 

“Amazingly the cat — who I’ve named Holly — is OK, but is unsurprisingly completely terrified,” Wright said. 

cat abandoned in box
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Wright quickly rushed Holly to the vet to get checked over after her awful ordeal. Her skin was sore and scabby from a flea allergy, but other than that, she appeared to be in good health. She’s currently staying at the vet to get treatment for her flea allergy and to make sure that she’s completely OK before being released After what she went through, it’s nothing short of a miracle that she escaped any serious harm

“It’s unthinkable to imagine what may have happened to Holly had this wonderful woman not have saved her,” Wright said. “She could have suffocated inside the bin liner or she could have been thrown inside the refuse lorry and crushed to death. Someone has obviously intentionally disposed of her in this way, which is absolutely shocking.”

cat abandoned in box
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Holly had no collar or ID tag of any kind when she was found, and also wasn’t microchipped. The RSPCA is currently actively looking into where she came from and who may have abandoned her in such a cruel way. 

Holly’s situation could have ended very differently, but luckily she was found by the best person and is now safe and sound. If no one steps forward to claim Holly, she’ll be put up for adoption once she’s healed and ready. 

To help other animals in need, you can donate to the RSPCA