A Lynwood woman taking out her garbage saw something unusual in a nearby trash bag: it was moving. When she opened the bag, she found two meowing cats inside, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles said.
Despite their ordeal on June 28, the cats seemed to be in good health. They had no outward signs of abuse or neglect and did not appear to be feral, SPCA said.
"They are really sociable, really friendly," said Ana Bustilloz, SPCA LA's director of communications and marketing.
Since they have not been claimed by any owner, they are believed to be community cats, Bustilloz said.
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"We will probably never know why someone would do such a vile thing," spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein said in a statement. "It's unconscionable to throw a live animal in the garbage like this. Luckily they were saved by a compassionate citizen."
Dakota is a spayed orange tabby with "domestic medium" length hair. Noodles is an unneutered male Siamese mix.
The SPCA encouraged anyone looking into adopting the cats to visit the South Bay Pet Adoption Center or call them at 310-676-1149.