It was an average day on the job for TikTok user @turboterry77 until he heard an unusual sound coming from the back of his garbage truck and got out to investigate. What the trash collector found was heartbreaking.

@turboterry77 part 2!! There was l a total of three kittens. They are all doing well! I would like to thank everybody for the love and support you have shown. Gives me hope that there is still humanity out there with all your support!! Much Love to you all!#rescuecat #rescuekitten #rescueanimals #rescued #kittensaved #savethekitten #catrescue ♬ Paradise – Ikson

The garbage man found three kittens abandoned among the trash in the back of his truck. He shared the sad discovery on TikTok and it quickly went viral, accumulating over 11.5 million views and comments. Users shared their concerns about how the poor babies ended up there in the first place.

“There was a total of three kittens. They are all doing well! I would like to thank everybody for the love and support you have shown. Gives me hope that there is still humanity out there with all your support!!” he said in the TikTok post.

@turboterry77 Part 3 story time!#catrescue #savethekitten #kittensaved #rescued #rescueanimals #rescuekitten #rescuekitten #rescuecat ♬ original sound – TURBOTERRY77

In the heartbreaking footage, the kittens appear to be covered in garbage, scared and disoriented. Terence explains that this sort of incident is nothing new in the sanitation business. Although it’s not always reported, animals are found frequently in less than ideal conditions.

“This makes me want to cry,” TikTok user kaerae2120 said with laurenshell asking: “How could someone do this to an animal?”

kitten in garbage

Source: turboterry77/TikTok

Unfortunately, the garbage collector said that authorities wouldn’t be able to help find the person who did this because there’s no way of knowing which house they came from. He stops at between 25 and 30 houses along their route and only noticed the kittens’ cries once it was too late to identify their owners.

Very often, animal abuse is simply ignored by authorities. When it is charged as a crime, defendants often get away with insignificant misdemeanor convictions and trivial fines as their only punishment.

@turboterry77 part 2!! There was l a total of three kittens. They are all doing well! I would like to thank everybody for the love and support you have shown. Gives me hope that there is still humanity out there with all your support!! Much Love to you all!#rescuecat #rescuekitten #rescueanimals #rescued #kittensaved #savethekitten #catrescue ♬ Paradise – Ikson

Terence posted an update video of the three kittens and they look cleaner, calmer, and more relaxed. He took the kittens to an animal shelter the next day, where they were given a check-up. He was relieved to hear that they were all healthy despite their distressing experience.

The trio is now thriving in their new foster home.

“They’re doing very well,” he told followers. “Apparently the foster home has a mother cat that has kittens around the same age as the ones that I found. Luckily, she has taken our kittens under her wing and is feeding them and doing what a mother cat should do.”

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