Seven cats that survived after spending 17 days locked in a storage container are available for adoption in Waterville, the local shelter announced.
The Humane Society Waterville Area was alerted by an area animal control officer about 12 cats abandoned in a nearby container unit on Oct. 5, according to a Friday news release by the shelter.
The cats were trapped in three plastic dog crates for “nearly three weeks without food, water or litter,” the shelter release continues, in part. Five of those cats ultimately died — three were found dead and two others later died as a result of their conditions after they were rescued.
The surviving seven cats were rehabilitated by shelter representatives, but given their circumstances, will be adopted out only under special guidelines, the executive director said.