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Abandoned kitten found in postal service mailbox in Boston

June 18, 2009 | 12:46 pm

Postina, a 2-pound, 8-week-old kitten that was dropped in a public mailbox and later found among envelopes by a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier. A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier in Boston got quite a surprise last week during regularly scheduled rounds.

When emptying a city mailbox, the carrier found an abandoned kitten among the envelopes, likely deposited through the drop opening at the top of the box.

The 8-week-old, 2-pound kitty, nicknamed "Postina,"  was thankfully unharmed and was turned over to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Though pet surrender has become more prevalent recently due to financial problems cited by owners, animal abandonment in Massachusetts is a crime punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and five years in prison.

The MSPCA is preparing to have Postina available for adoption after days of feeding and a round of vaccinations.

Here's hoping this little parcel will end up adopted into a first-class life.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Postina, a 2-pound, 8-week-old kitten that was dropped in a public mailbox and later found among envelopes by a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier. Credit: Associated Press

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