Six kittens were left cramped in a cat carrier and abandoned in a Nottinghamshire street with the RSPCA appealing for information.
The kittens, aged around six weeks old, were found in Gate House, off Main Street, in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire on Good Friday (April 14).
The kittens are now being looked after at the RSPCA’s Radcliffe Animal Centre where they have been named Aneko, Kenji, Sensey, Eriko, Makoto and Kami.
RSPCA inspector Dave McAdam said: “The kittens had been squashed into this cat carrier and were very distressed when they were discovered.
“It is appalling to think that someone abandoned defenceless kittens like this; thankfully they were found and are doing well, but it could have been a much worse situation.
“We are urging anyone who has any information about how these kittens came to be abandoned to contact us on 0300 123 8018.”
Assistant Director of the RSPCA Inspectorate Dermot Murphy said: “It never fails to shock me when I look back on the extreme instances of animal cruelty the RSPCA has been called upon to investigate.
“It continues to outrage and sadden me that people can be capable of such deliberate brutality towards animals, but equally it drives me on to ensure that perpetrators of animal cruelty are put before the courts.”