RSPCA officers in Essex have reported a major increase in the number of animals being dumped and abandoned.
The animal charity says the issue is becoming a massive problem.
– RSPCA Inspector Steven Craddock
At the moment, we have a massive problem with people dumping animals in this way in the Essex area.
They are left in insecure boxes with no food and water and are lucky if they are found in time.
We are seeing countless animals being abandoned and we seem to have a particular problem with cats. I had to retrieve a mum and five kittens yesterday and an elderly cat.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Inspector Appeal line on 0300-123-8018.