Happy ending for three of Brooklyn’s discarded suitcase kittens

May 3, 2016 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
(Left to right) Dmitry, Inessa, and Ilyo with ASPCA Adoption Center staff member. Photo courtesy ASPCA
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Dmitry, Inessa and Ilyo — three of the seven kittens rescued by the NYPD in Williamsburg after being discarded in a suitcase – have been adopted, the ASPCA said on Monday.

The kittens are three months old now, and have spent weeks recovering from their ordeal. (Two of them died, leaving just five.) They were recently spayed or neutered and placed up for adoption.

The abused felines were brought to the ASPCA Animal Hospital in March by Officer Nicole Piridis and Officer Goris of the 90th Precinct. On Saturday, Officer Piridis was reunited with Dmitry, the fluffy gray kitten she fell in love with during the rescue. Piridis is going to rename Dmitry “Apollo,” according to the ASPCA.

A close friend of Piridis’ adopted Inessa and re-named her Persephone. The third male kitten, Ilyo, was also adopted on Sunday.

“This is an incredible outcome for these vulnerable kittens who were callously discarded and left to die,” said Howard Lawrence, vice president, Humane Law Enforcement, of ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group.

He credited the quick response of the officers in the 90th Precinct and the dedication of the ASPCA staff for enabling three of the animals to find loving, safe homes.

“Cruel acts like this simply will not be tolerated in New York City,” Lawrence added. “We encourage anyone with information about this case to please contact the NYPD.”

Two additional female kittens – Oxsana and Albina – also survived the incident but are still receiving care in the ASPCA Animal Hospital and are not yet ready for adoption. (The ASPCA is not accepting any adoption inquiries for them at this time.)

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS or going online to submit a tip to Crime Stoppers’ website. NYPD Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips.


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