A Geraldton woman has been charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly abandoned a kitten in her locked unit for several days without any access to food or water. The 33-year-old woman was charged under the Animal Welfare Act, with the RSPCA alleging the kitten was not provided with proper and sufficient food or water. An RSPCA inspector visited the property in Bluff Point after receiving a report of an abandoned kitten. The inspector heard a kitten crying and saw a 10- to 12-week-old tortoiseshell cat pacing back and forth in front of an upstairs window. The inspector tried to contact the unit’s occupant with no luck and obtained a warrant to enter the unit, which she did with the help of a locksmith. The RPSCA says when the inspector went inside she saw there was no food or water available to the kitten upstairs and in the kitchen downstairs there was only an empty can of tuna sitting on the bench, an ice-cream container of spoiled milk on the floor and the tap was slowly flowing into the sink. The inspector concluded the kitten was too young to jump up on to the 1m high kitchen bench and seized the animal. The kitten was taken to a local vet, who determined she was dehydrated and underweight. She has since made a full recovery and is being looked after by an RSPCA foster carer. The cruelty charge carries a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine and five years in prison. The woman will face Geraldton Magistrates Court on June 2. Reports of animal cruelty can be made 24/7 to 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358) or at rspcawa.org.au.