August 12, 2019 3.04 pm This story is over 28 months old

CCTV appeal after kittens dumped in Lincoln pub toilet

Do you recognise this man?

RSPCA are looking for the man shown in the above CCTV footage after four kittens were dumped in a Lincoln pub toilet.

This was the second time kittens had been abandoned in the toilets in the same pub.

As previously reported, it happened at around 7pm on June 25, 2019 at The Ritz on Lincoln High Street,

The security footage from the pub shows a man entering the pub with his hood up carrying a bag that resembles the distinctive bag the kittens were found in.

He is then seen leaving the pub without the bag. The kittens were found in a cubicle in the men’s toilets inside a black bag which had “May Contain Prosecco” printed on it.

He entered the pub toilets carrying a black bag.

He then left the men’s toilets area without the bag.

Officers are hoping someone may recognise the man from the footage and have urged anyone with information about the incident tocall the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018. 

RSPCA inspector Deborah Scotcher, who is investigating, said: “The man can be seen entering The Ritz pub in Lincoln High Street with his hood up carrying a bag that bares a striking resemblance to the bag the kittens were found in.

“He is then seen on cameras in the Wetherspoons pub making his way through to the toilets. He later emerges no longer carrying the bag.”

It’s the second time kittens had been abandoned in the same spot after four kittens were dumped in the toilets inside a bag in March 2018.

Four scared and vulnerable kittens abandoned in a plastic bag. Photo: Mick Lake

Speaking at the time the kittens were rescued, RSPCA animal collection officer Paula Jones said: “I was off duty when I got a call from a trustee from the Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln Branch who happened to be in the pub at the time, put my uniform on and went over.

“I picked the kittens up and took them to one of the branch’s wonderful fosterers. She actually cared for the previous litter who were dumped at the pub last year too – we never found out who was responsible but all of them went on to be happily rehomed.”

The abandoned kittens: three females and one male.

Inspector Scotcher added: “These kittens were far too young to be away from their mum and it was touch and go as to whether they’d survive but I’m really pleased that they all pulled through thanks to the dedication of our fosterer who hand-reared them and fed them round the clock.

“The CCTV footage clearly shows a man enter the pub, trying to obscure his face from the cameras by using his hand and putting his hood up.

“We believe this man can help with our investigation so we’d urge him – or anyone who recognises him – to get in touch with us.”

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