Victoria police looking for man in connection with kitten found in mall garbage can

Victoria police are looking for a man who may have information about what happened to a kitten found zipped inside a shaving kit and left in a garbage can at Hillside shopping centre on June 4.

The kitten tested positive for methamphetamine.

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Officers watched surveillance video from the area and determined that the man might have information that would further the investigation. The man is described as wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, jeans and white shoes, and was noticeably hunched over in video footage.

The man is also linked to a dark grey vehicle, possibly a 2010 Ford Escape, police said.

The kitten was found by mall staff who were emptying garbage cans outside the mall. A staff member noticed a slight movement in the shaving kit and unzipped the bag to find the small black and white kitten.

It had clearly been neglected when it was found, said Ian Fraser, senior animal control officer at Victoria Animal Control Services. The kitten was estimated to be about six to seven weeks old at the time, and was lethargic, dehydrated and struggling to walk.

The kitten, named Lily by the man who found her, has been making steady progress, according to Facebook posts by Victoria Animal Control Services. She’s growing and staying active, and has bonded with another cat at the shelter. Lily is not ready to be adopted yet, but someone is lined up to give her a home when she can be released.

Abandoning an animal is a violation of a Victoria bylaw as well as B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Police are asking anyone with information about the man to call 250-995-7654.

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