Lake Worth, Florida -- An unthinkable crime in South Florida. CBS affliate WPEC-TV reports two kittens were tied together, and used as bait.
A couple found the 4-week-old dark brown kitten and his white and silver-haired litter mate in a Lake Worth storage yard Sunday.
Photo Gallery: Kittens used as bait
"They found them all bound up and they were near death," says Inga Hanley of Adopt A Cat Foundation.
The kittens were tied together with fishing line, their little front paws so tightly wound, they are now 3 times the size they are supposed to be.
"We still don't know if their front leg will be amputated. Time will tell," said Hanley.
Hanley is giving the kittens antibiotic and vitamins in hopes that they will recuperate enough to fight off the infection on their paws.
She says kittens used as fish bait is nothing new and it gets worse.
"They use then for gator bait too. There are a lot of things people do with little kittens, that's why they always tell you don't advertise free kittens in the paper because a lot of horrible things happen to them," she said.
She's seen a lot of horrible things in 25 years of doing rescues. "It shocks me every time because you think people couldn't do such a thing, but it doesn't surprise me," she said.
If you would like to help pay the costs of their care or adopt the kittens, please visit: http://www.adoptacatfoundation.org/