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Abandoned kitten rescued from box on Malden sidewalk

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Millie was found in a sealed box with holes punctured in the side.

Malden police rescued a kitten that was found abandoned in a box on the side of a road, police said.

An MBTA driver told police around 3 p.m. Wednesday that he had discovered a kitten inside a box on the sidewalk near 12 Hawthorne St., said Malden Police Animal Control Officer Kevin Alkins.

“The box was taped tightly, but they looked inside and they found out it was a very, very small kitten in the box,” Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis said in a statement.

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The cat was in relatively good condition and not dehydrated when it was found, Alkins said.

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“[T]his kitten is extremely lucky to be alive. Not only was she sealed in a tiny box, but the temperatures that afternoon were around 90 degrees with high humidity. It’s really a miracle the MBTA driver spotted her, and that she escaped any sort of medical complications related to the extreme heat,” said Mike DeFina, a spokesman for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

The kitten was taken to Malden Animal Hospital, Alkins said.

“When we brought her to the vet, one of the girls said we should call her Millie, and we stuck with that,” Alkins said.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston now has custody of Millie.

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“ARL will ensure that she finds the forever home that she deserves,” DeFina said.

Malden police said Millie is very friendly and affectionate. The kitten does not appear to be wild or feral.

”We expect her to have a very, very, very long and happy life as a result of the good work of a citizen,” Molis said.

Cruelly abandoning an animal in Massachusetts is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine, DeFina said.

“I’ve seen cats left in boxes before, but I’ve never seen one this small. It’s appalling, to be honest. It was basically sealed like a package,” DeFina said. “[W]hoever abandoned her did so intentionally, and clearly did not care whether she lived or died.”

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Anyone with information about Millie can call Malden police at 781-222-1212 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston law enforcement division at 617-426-9170.

”Instead of just putting a pet out to suffer or discarding it, there are places and agencies that would be willing to give you a helping hand, like police, animal rescue, or [the] MSPCA. If you have an unwanted animal, this is no way to discard it,” Alkins said.

Alyssa Lukpat can be reached at alyssa.lukpat@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AlyssaLukpat.