Six days after a litter of five kittens were taken away from their mother and left to die in Mumbai's upscale Bandra locality, the mother cat, apparently suffering from depression, died on Monday.
Manisha Lakhe, a resident of Silver Spring Apartments where the stray cat had given birth to the kittens, posted the heartbreaking news on her Facebook message:
"Taffy, the mother cat, is dead."
One week ago, on 27 June, a litter of five kittens were left abandoned in the parking lot of the adjacent Rizvi Springfield School by Hema Handa, who is also a resident of Silver Spring Apartments.
According to several Facebook posts and reports, Handa had run over one of the kittens when she was behind the wheel of her Bolero jeep.
Handa then reportedly blasted the watchman of the 15-storey apartment complex for allowing the kittens to stay inside the building premises and asked him to remove the other five newborn kittens to the parking lot across their building.
Of the five kittens, one was rescued, two were mauled by stray dogs and rodents, while two are missing.
"We are all very distressed at this supposedly educated woman who thinks nothing about running over helpless creatures who did nothing to her," Lakhe wrote in a Facebook post.
The building secretary Sanjeev Mehta and Lakhe filed a complaint against Handa at the Khar police station.
Taffy, a stray cat, had given birth to a litter of six kittens a month ago, and apartment residents were providing milk and food to the felines.
On Sunday, Taffy was found lying near the meter room, breathing heavily. She had not eaten, nor drunk water for three days.
Lakhe and Mehta then took Taffy to the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hospital. However, Taffy didn't survive.
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