BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Animal Rescue League of Boston's Law Enforcement Department is investigating three separate cases that involve abandoned animals.
All three incidents happened last week, and officials are trying to obtain information on where the animals came from.
The latest case involved four doves that were left in a cage in the parking lot of a shopping center on Revere Beach Parkway in Chelsea.
The ARL was contacted by Chelsea Animal Control last Thursday afternoon, to assist with the birds.
Officials say, Surveillance video in the area shows an adult male in a dark-colored Ford Explorer pull into a parking space, place the cage on the ground and then drive away. The vehicle is also missing part of the roof rack on the passenger side and has rear quarter-panel damage.
The birds are in the care of animal officials and are in good health. The same week, two abandoned kittens were discovered in a box in an alley along Fenway and an owned cat was left in its carrier outside of ARL's Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center.
All animals involved are in good health and will soon be up for adoption.
The ARL wants to remind people they offer pet surrender services at its Boston, Dedham, and Cape Cod locations.
Abandoning an animal is a felony offense in Massachusetts and is punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to 7 years in jail.
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