Quantcast

Rescuer: 'Free Kittens' Ending Up As Snake Food - LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather

Rescuer: 'Free Kittens' Ending Up As Snake Food

Posted: Updated:
MGN MGN

COVINGTON, Ky. (WXIX)-- A local animal rescue organization is getting reports of people taking free kittens that have been advertised on social media and using them as food instead of as pets.

The "free kittens" advertisements are all over social media and for sale sites. Many of the posts include a line that rescuers said might have good intentions but could be deadly: "kittens free to a good home."

"You never know what you're turning them over to," Laura Bamberger, founder of the Tri-State Noah Project, said.

Bamberger said that they are getting more and more reports of people taking free kittens that are intended to be pets and using them as snake food.
She said that the reports have come from different places in the Tri-State including Covington, Hamilton and Middletown.

According to Bamberger, people often lie about their plans when they take the kittens in.

"If people are giving away an animal as a domestic, as a pet, that's what they expect," Bamberger said. "They want it to go to a loving home, not to be used as food or as bait."

In some cases, Bamberger said that people are going as far as recording video or snapping photos of the young cats in their final moments.

"I've had some people reach out and say, 'I think that was my kitten in the video,'" Bamberger said.  "When you see the look on the kitten's face, their expression, it is heartbreaking."

Before the kittens come face to face with the snakes, Bamberger said they are often mistreated by their new owners.

"They will break their teeth," Bamberger said. "They'll snap off their claws, that prevents the snake from getting hurt."

Bamberger believes anyone who has a snake knows there are many options for meals that don't involve someone's intended pet.

Her main point is that if you want to ensure your adoptable animals will live a happy, full life, you should never give them away for free.

"When you put that up there for them, you're making it ten times easier for them to do this," Bamberger said.

Bamberger said if you have kittens that you would like to adopt out, the best thing you can do is reach out to a rescue. They could take the cats in or could offer advice and help.

She suggests always asking for a fee for an animal and said you should check into the potential owner's background.

WEATHER
MaxTrack Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fire At Lexington Apartment Complex

    Fire At Lexington Apartment Complex

    Saturday, October 21 2017 10:33 AM EDT2017-10-21 14:33:06 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- An investigation is underway after a fire broke out at an apartment complex.  It started around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning at an apartment on Lakeshore Drive.  Firefighters say it quickly spread to surrounding units and four total apartments were damaged.  We're told everyone inside the units was able to get out safely but a firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Officials say while two of the apartments were heavi...

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- An investigation is underway after a fire broke out at an apartment complex.  It started around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning at an apartment on Lakeshore Drive.  Firefighters say it quickly spread to surrounding units and four total apartments were damaged.  We're told everyone inside the units was able to get out safely but a firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Officials say while two of the apartments were heavi...

  • Police Search For Shooter After Double Shooting

    Police Search For Shooter After Double Shooting

    Saturday, October 21 2017 7:33 AM EDT2017-10-21 11:33:12 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - The search is on for a man police say is responsible for shooting two people in Lexington Friday night.  The shooting happened around 10:20 p.m. at the Ballpark Apartments just near the intersection of Ballpark Drive and North Broadway.  We're told two people inside the apartment were shot in what officials believe was a drug deal gone wrong.  As of now, the suspect is still on the loose. He's described as a 5'9" while male, wearing a d...

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - The search is on for a man police say is responsible for shooting two people in Lexington Friday night.  The shooting happened around 10:20 p.m. at the Ballpark Apartments just near the intersection of Ballpark Drive and North Broadway.  We're told two people inside the apartment were shot in what officials believe was a drug deal gone wrong.  As of now, the suspect is still on the loose. He's described as a 5'9" while male, wearing a d...

  • Judge Tosses $417M Award Against Johnson & Johnson

    Judge Tosses $417M Award Against Johnson & Johnson

    Saturday, October 21 2017 6:13 AM EDT2017-10-21 10:13:22 GMT
    APAP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted the company’s request for a new trial, saying there were errors and jury misconduct in the previous trial that ended with the award two months ago. Nelson also ruled that there wasn’t convincing evidence th...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted the company’s request for a new trial, saying there were errors and jury misconduct in the previous trial that ended with the award two months ago. Nelson also ruled that there wasn’t convincing evidence th...
Powered by Frankly

© LEX18.com 2017, LEX18.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?