The Prince Albert SPCA is investigating allegations of animal cruelty involving five one-week-old kittens last week.
A post on the organization’s Facebook page Thursday said a member of the public witnessed a “group of individuals” throwing the kittens up to three feet in the air.
The witness intervened and was able to convince the group to give up one of the animals.
The kitten was rushed to the SPCA for treatment, at which point animal protection officers raced out to rescue the remaining four.
Three more of the kittens were found, two of them having been “lit on fire,” according to the SPCA. A fifth kitten was never found.
Still, the SPCA is thankful four animals managed to be rescued.
“Without the leads and help of the public, we would have not been able to save these precious babies,” the Facebook post read.
A mother cat in the SPCA’s care accepted all four rescued kittens into its litter. They are being syringe-fed to help get them back up to strength.
“After a bit of time, and a lot of TLC, these kittens are now thriving with their new adoptive mom,” the SPCA posted.
The kittens are still recovering and will eventually be available for adoption.
According to the SPCA post, animal protection officers are investigating the incident, but they’re “having a hard time” identifying the group of people involved.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the officers at 306-763-6110.