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'Dehydrated and starving' kitten found alive in shipping container at KC work site

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 18:17:51-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A small kitten may have survived up to two weeks in a shipping container before being found alive at a work site in the Kansas City metro area.

According to KC Pet Project, an employee at a local shipping company found three kittens trapped in a container on Wednesday. Two of the kittens were dead, but the third was still alive.

The container in which the kittens were found was a type that may not have been opened for one to two weeks, according to an employee who took the surviving kitten to KC Pet Project late Wednesday afternoon.

The kitten, which was “incredibly dehydrated and starving,” needed emergency treatment. The shelter’s veterinary team administered fluids, and by Wednesday evening, he was eating food.

Shelter staff have named the kitten Cargo and say he will require further medical care and “critical socialization" due to the experience and his young age.

KC Pet Project, which has reported an influx of animals coming to the shelter this year, said 47 animals came into the shelter on Wednesday alone and that many of them require medical attention. To donate to the shelter’s Roadrunner Medical Fund, click here.