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Up to 50 cats found abandoned in state forest

SHOCKING DISCOVERY: Danielle walks down the track where she found about 40 cats.
SHOCKING DISCOVERY: Danielle walks down the track where she found about 40 cats. Vicki Wood

TWO homes have been raided and an investigation is underway after up to 50 cats were discovered dumped in nearby Beerburrum State Forest.

As the matter is still under investigation, RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said he was unable to comment further on the raids, or whether charges would be laid.

However, he confirmed at least 35 of the cats had been retrieved, and several more were still to be captured.

At least two have died since the RSPCA was alerted to the issue, he said.

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Mr Beatty said this was the first time he'd been made aware of such a large number of cats being dumped.

"Unfortunately this is why we have a feral cat problem," he said.

Local resident Dani discovered the cats on June 25 while walking with her dog through the forest.

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Due to fear of the person who dumped the cats, Dani didn't want her surname printed.

She said she stopped walking after noticing a "pretty looking" cat in a tree.

"I looked down to see where my dog had gone... and about three or four cats were coming towards us.

"Then just more cats were coming to the sound of my voice," she said.

"I thought 'oh my God, who would dump these cats?' They were all sick - they had gunky eyes."

The cats ranged from small kittens to pregnant mothers, to older animals.

Dani contacted a local animal shelter who assisted her in taking some of the animals out of the forest, and ultimately handing them on to the RSPCA.

Following her initial discovery, Dani has continued to visit the forest, each time collecting as many cats as she could.

But she believed the remaining cats were too feral to be saved.

"I couldn't leave starving cats out there... more than half would be dead if I hadn't found them."

Dani hoped those responsible for dumping the cats would be brought to justice.

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