Four one-day-old kittens have been found abandoned in a plastic bag in Corby.
The kittens still had their umbilical cords attached when they were found inside a tied-up white carrier bag on a footpath near to Uppingham Road on Wednesday 24 May.
They are now being hand-reared by the family who found them, with the assistance of the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Sheona Morley said: “It is clear that whoever dumped these kittens did so with the intention of leaving them to die.
"At such a young age, they are totally reliable on their mum and it is heartbreaking that they have been taken away from their mum at such a young and vulnerable age."
The kittens are now being cared for by Samantha Walker and her family, who live in Corby. They have been given the names Midnight, Hobo, Sprinkles and Jellybean.
Samantha said: “The kittens are doing extremely well so far - all four of them are strong! They are adorable and we now have three with their eyes open.
“We hadn’t planned on adopting another four cats all at once, but we plan on keeping them as we have invested so much into getting them to survive.
“I really hope someone comes forward with information as it is an absolute travesty that they were abandoned.”