A cat and her five kittens survived a night in a sealed box on the doorsteps of the Oregon Humane Society Wednesday night and now angry officials are doing everything they can to find out who abandoned them.

The animals were found by OHS workers Thursday morning inside a small storage container that was wrapped in duct tape and did not have any air holes.

“These animals could easily have suffocated,” said OHS investigator Kerri Tyler. “We want everyone to know that this is reckless behavior that endangers the lives of animals.”

Animal abandonment is Class B Misdemeanor punishable with $2,000 in fines and up to six months in jail.

OHS finds homes for unwanted cats and dogs every day, but the law requires that people bring the animals to the shelter during regular business hours and fill out the required paperwork.

“A person commits the crime of animal abandonment if he or she intentionally leaves a domestic animal at a location without providing for the animal’s continued care,” Tyler explained.