The BC SPCA is searching for the person responsible for abandoning two day-old kittens in a dumpster near the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver last Friday.

A passerby alerted authorities after hearing sounds coming from inside the dumpster in a secure parking area on Pacific Street.

The tiny animals were found inside a plastic bag, both were suffering from  hypothermia and dehydration.

The SPCA says the kittens were taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for treatment but both later died.

““We responded immediately and transported them for emergency care, but sadly they were too weak and compromised to survive,” said Eileen Drever, senior officer of protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA.

“This is an absolutely heartbreaking case, where two innocent animals were thrown out like trash to die.”

Drever is urging anyone who can’t take care of an animal to reach out to their local SPCA or rescue group for help.

She also reminds people that abandoning an animal is against the law and individuals can be prosecuted for their crime.

Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to please call the BC SPCA’s toll-free hotline at 1-855-622-7722.

Ben O'Hara