Cats in buckets

Animal Haven

Cats in sealed buckets left by trash outside NYC shelter

December 16, 2018 - 6:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – In a disturbing case of animal abandonment, someone has been leaving cats sealed in buckets outside a Manhattan animal shelter, where the buckets could have been mistaken for garbage and carted away.

At least two cats have been found at the Animal Haven shelter, a nonprofit based in SoHo, the staff says.

One of the cats was left near Hester and Centre streets on Thursday, according to the NYPD, which said the feline was malnourished. 

1010 WINS spoke with the executive director of Animal Haven, Tiffany Lacey, who said shelter workers have seen a lot of things over the years, but this act has left them speechless.

The first cat that was left in a bucket last month is said to be okay, but one found last week is in bad shape, Lacey said.

The two felines, named Charlie and Sage, are expected to be put up for adoption by the end of the week.

She described the tightly sealed buckets the terrified cats were found in.

“It looks to be, based off what we’re seeing, a bucket that you might find at a restaurant,” she said. “Someone mentioned it might be oil that’s held in these buckets. It almost looks like the size of a paint bucket.”

SOMEONE DUMPED ANOTHER CAT IN A BUCKET, and we need your help. You may remember when we recently found Sage, a young cat, sealed in a bucket and abandoned outside our shelter. Around 7:45pm yesterday, we found another bucket left next to the public trash can with a cat inside, as if left for garbage. Luckily one of our staff members recognized the bucket, brought it inside and pried it open. This poor kitty is in bad shape and, needless to say, is terrified. We have contacted the police, but we're asking that everyone in the vicinity of our shelter in Soho PLEASE keep your eyes out for any suspicious buckets or containers like the ones in these photos! If anyone recognizes the person in this video, contact us immediately. And if you are ever desperate to surrender an animal, please reach out to us directly.

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Surveillance images provided by the shelter shows a man placing one of the buckets near the trash before walking away.

“He’s putting them in this bucket and he’s sealing the bucket tight and then placing them next to the trash to go out with the animal-human trash. So it’s not even being placed in front of our front door, anywhere we could easily see it," Lacey said.

The shelter is working with the NYPD and is asking for the public's help in identifying the man. 

"We're not sure how far away he's traveling, where he's coming from, but he walks away pretty quickly and takes his gloves off as soon as he drops the bucket off," Lacey said.

People in the neighborhood are now wondering if there's more buckets dispersed across the neighborhood. 

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)