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AN attempted kitten-killer has
struck again after a Glossop
family rescued a dumped feline
and nursed it back to health.
Shoved in a plastic bag and
left to die, the kitten was discov-
ered only by chance, just before
a weekly rubbish pick-up in the
heart of Glossop.
After two kittens were simi-
larly found dumped in a Loxton
rubbish bin in March, the Taylor
Group of Newspapers reported
on the “senseless” act, and the
happy ending the newly-named
Hope and Lucky found in a
When Glossop resident Sammi
Mastanduono stumbled across
one of the articles in a doctor’s
waiting room, she said she was
“amazed” at the similarities
between the Loxton kittens and
hers, along with the timing.
“I thought it was too much of
a coincidence and that they all
must be connected,” she said.
“Our kitten was dumped in a
plastic bag around the same time
as the other two and abandoned
in a rubbish bin.
“She looks like a mix of both
the Loxton kittens, so I’m guess-
ing they are from the same litter.
“I think the person responsi-
ble spread them out across the
Riverland so they would not be
Mrs Mastanduono said the
abandoned kitten was brought to
her home just over a month ago.
“A man on a nearby street dis-
covered the kitten just before the
rubbish truck came in the early
morning,” she said.
“He asked just about everyone
in the whole town if they knew
who it belonged to.
“I already have five rescue kit-
tens, so he decided to bring it to
“My nine-year-old daughter,
Candise, answered the door and
brought the kitten inside.
“She immediately named it
Alissa and they have been insepa-
rable ever since.”
Mrs Mastanduono said Alissa
was hungry, bony and scared
when she took her in.
“Since we have saved kittens
before, we had the bottles, teats
and milk needed to feed her,” she
“When I heard how she was
found, I felt sick to my stomach.
“I am absolutely disgusted
someone could do that and they
deserve to be in jail.
“I hate to think there may be
other kittens dumped that were
“I pray to God people may
have discovered them and just
haven’t come forward.”
Cruel act brings Candise and kitten together
It’s a purr-fect match
l Murray Pioneer, 25/4/17
Candise Mastanduono, 9,
(pictured) and her mother,
Sammi, believe rescued kitten
Alissa may belong to the same
litter as two kittens dumped in
a Loxton rubbish bin in March.
PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
Riverland the place
to be this weekend
THE Riverland will be buzzing with
activity this weekend as it hosts a
number of events around the region.
Perfect weather will provide the
backdrop for the Riverland Rock ‘n’
Roll Festival in Waikerie, along with
markets, sporting carnivals, a Pedal
Prix plus the River Tastes Riverland
open day experience.
The festivities began yesterday
with the Audrey Hefford Ladies
Bowls kicking off the weekend with
a two-day carnival in Berri.
The Riverland Rock ‘n’ Roll
Festival kicks off tonight with enter-
tainment in the Waikerie Gliding
Club Hangar, featuring classic rock-
ers ‘The Rustlers’.
The Waikerie Markets will line
the Civic Centre lawns Saturday
morning, which will include a Show
‘n’ Shine car display, plus entertain-
ment and dance demonstrations.
Round 2 of the 2017 UniSA
Australian HPV Super Series will
see Loxton’s streets come alive with
fast-paced activity on Sunday.
Teams will compete over a six-
hour period from 10am to 4pm,
riding single seat, recumbent, fully-
River Tastes Open day will also
be held on Sunday, when 11 local
businesses across the region will
open their doors and offer customers
a range of Riverland-inspired dishes,
drinks and events as part of Tasting
Destination Riverland general
manager Caroline Phillips encour-
aged locals and visitors to join the
event festivities happening around
“It is a great opportunity to get
out and about in the Riverland, with
so much happening all over the
region,” she said.
“There really is something on for
everyone, of every taste and any age.
“We really urge our locals to get
out and assist our regional business-
es who are putting on these events.”
A SERIES of free resources
providing parents with ideas for
supporting their child’s learning at
home were released online this week
by the Department for Education
and Child Development (DECD).
The five ‘helping children and
young people learn’ fact sheets were
developed to educate parents on
how they can engage in their child’s
education through every stage of
The series provides information
on what parents can do in the early
years, primary and secondary
school, as well as how they can
learn together as a family.
DECD’s executive director of
early years and child development,
Ann-Marie Hayes, said while a
child’s learning is derived from many
sources, parents invariably play a
significant role in their development.
“Parents and families play a big
role in their child’s learning and this
is reflective in every aspect of their
life,” she said.
“There are so many ways parents
can help their child get the most out
of their education such as asking
questions about specific subjects,
providing ongoing encouragement
and support, and staying connected
with their child’s school or
“No matter their background or
education level, there are a number
of ways parents can be involved in
their child’s education and these
new online resources are available
for schools and parents to provide
advice and generate ideas.”
To access the resources and for
additional information, visit www.
New resources to enhance learning
will kick off
round 2 of the
Citrus industry eyes
focused on Riverland
RENMARK will be the centre of Australian citrus
next week when it hosts a special forum.
The Citrus Australia-SA Region Regional Forum
will feature presentations from a range of industry
figures, including Citrus Australia’s CEO Judith
Damiani, and a number of other interstate visitors.
A variety of topics will be covered, includ-
ing practical growing information, labour issues,
changes to the Horticultural Code of Conduct and a
review of the Citrus Management Plan.
The industry’s exports promotions for 2017 will
also be explored.
The event will be held at the Renmark Club on
Thursday, May 11.
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