One day old kittens were left for dead in a Dorset car park before they were rescued by the RSPCA.
Four black and white kittens were found extremely cold and fighting for their lives at 8.15am yesterday at Throop Mill car park in a cream fabric drawer that would be used as bedroom furniture.
Unfortunately, one of the kittens died in the cold but the other three kittens are now being hand-reared round the clock by the RSPCA to give them the best chance of survival.
The drawer also contained a blood stained duvet case and a pattern size George at Asda top.
RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey said: “Abandoning such tiny animals is totally unacceptable. Had they not been found they would certainly have died. The mother cat is likely to be very distressed at the moment as she is not being allowed to nurse her kittens."
A litter of three kittens all born with an extra toe on each paw are looking for a new home after their owner was unable to care for them.
Shortly after they arrived at a Brands Hatch cattery, staff noticed there was something different about the kittens - they had 12 extra toes between them.
Cats normally have five toes on each paw but some cats, known as Polydactyl cats or mitten cats, are born with a genetic mutation that gives them extra toes.
We sometimes see cats coming in with an extra digit on one paw, but to get three kittens in a litter with extra toes on all four paws is quite unusual. They are very sweet kittens and will definitely get lots of attention. Cats tend to breed when it's warmer so we see lots of kittens during the summer months. Sadly people aren't getting their cats neutered and rescue centres are left to pick up the pieces. Our three centres are currently inundated with unwanted cats and we are desperate for more homes."
– Debbie Coker, Brands Hatch cattery
Pudding, Brenda and Niall will be ready for rehoming once they are nine weeks old.
The RSPCA is appealing for information after four kittens were found abandoned in Hampshire.
A member of the public discovered the dumped cats, running loose, next to a parking area in Hursley last week.
Alert but scared, they were taken to the Stubbington Ark Animals Shelter where they were found to be underweight and with fleas.
RSPCA Insp Jan Edwards said: "These kittens were probably an unplanned litter which came about as a result of someone failing to take onboard basic animal welfare advice.
"It is a sad day when people fail their pet by not having it neutered and then when kittens come along they just shrug their shoulders and decide to dump them and let someone else deal with it.
"RSPCA animal centres are full of unwanted cats and kittens and many owners are only making the problem worse by allowing their pets to breed.
"I would urge anyone who recognizes these kittens or has information about where they came from to please contact the RSPCA so we can check on the welfare of their mother and ensure there are no other animals at risk."
Under the Animals Welfare Act 2006 anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal faces up to six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.
Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA on 0300 1238018.
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