Nine cats will live to see another day after being dumped outside a charity shop just days before Christmas.
The four adult cats, and five kittens were left in two boxes outside the back door of the Cats Protection charity shop in Crane Street.
All were riddled with fleas and worms when found at midday on Thursday, December 22, but they spent the night recovering at a vet’s and have now gone to the charity’s headquarters in Haywards Heath to be rehomed.
Shop manager Carol Battrick said the cats would not normally have been seen, but the back door was open while staff did some cleaning.
“I just could not believe it,” she said. “Nobody put their head around the door to say they couldn’t cope.
“At least they are safe for Christmas, being so close to Christmas, like a lot of offices we could have been closed and they could have been left there.
“Whoever left them there didn’t come to the front of the shop, they must have known that’s exactly where our back door is.
“People cannot usually work out where the back door is. It’s obviously somebody that does know the shop quite well.”
For more information about Cats Protection visit www.chichester.cats.org.uk