Kittens, mother safe after being thrown in Bismarck dumpster

Published: Jul. 17, 2017 at 4:49 PM CDT
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A heartbreaking scene for animal lovers. Five cats were put in a dumpster in Bismarck last week. A witness called a pet store nearby and two employees came to the rescue of four kittens and their mother.

The five cats are now safe and will soon be up for adoption to good homes. One of the employees who rescued them says she didn't want to think it was true.

"We just ran over here and the dumpster was already half open and we peeked inside," said Atlanta Barbere, Mandan.

Barbere and her co-worker couldn't believe their eyes when looking in the garbage pit.

"I was honestly shaking I was so, I was so mad about it like how could anyone even think to do that," said Atlanta Barbere, Mandan.

Besides being surrounded by waste, she says the cats were in extreme heat.

"If they would have been in there like if no one would of saw they could've died pretty soon," said Barbere.

After rescuing the cats, they contacted police and animal control. The cats are now in a safe space.

The cats will stay here at Kitty City until they're ready to be adopted.

At Kitty City in Mandan the cats are able to move about and have proper food and water. Atlanta Barbere says people who can't take care of their animals shouldn't leave them in an unsafe environment.

"Don't just dump them, that's so inhumane they need a place to go they were loved before you can't just dump them on the curb," said Barbere.

Kitty City is a free roam safe haven for hard to place cats. It's a program of the Triple H Minature Horse Rescue.

If you'd like to learn more about Kitty City, go to