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Cat & kittens abandoned near Gloucester police station

This little kitten is part of a family of cats abandoned on a bench near Gloucester Police Station Credit: RSPCA

A cat and her two kittens are recovering after being dumped by the police station in Gloucester.

The animals were wrapped in a pink paw print blanket and left on a bench in Berkeley Street where they were spotted by a member of the public.

The mother and two kittens were tightly wrapped in this pink pawprint blanket Credit: RSPCA

They're being looked after by the RSPCA who say they are well cared for.

The mother had recently had an operation and all three were in good condition Credit: RSPCA

If the owner can't be traced, the person that found them has offered to take them in.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Heywood said: “The mother and kittens were left right next to the police station but no-one saw who dumped them, or when. By the time they were found they were obviously very distressed and frightened. Thank goodness for the swift actions of the passer-by"

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More animal cruelty in Somerset than anywhere in South

The RSPCA says it's getting more reports of animal cruelty than ever Credit: ITV News West Country

The RSPCA has secured more convictions for animal cruelty in Somerset than anywhere else in the south of England, according to new figures. Last year 42 people were found guilty of more than a hundred offences. The charity says it's getting more reports of cruelty than ever.

Dog found hanged in Somerset

Police are appealing for information after a dog was found hanged in Somerset. The lurcher was found by a group of horse riders at a property on Stonage Lane, in Haselbury Plucknett, near Crewkerne.

Police believe the dog was "killed deliberately in a cruel act". They are asking for anyone who may have been walking in the area at the time to come forward.

The RSPCA has been informed of the incident.

"The death of an animal is always upsetting when it may have been done intentionally. We believe the dog was killed deliberately in a cruel act and we are conducting enquiries to establish how the dog died and who is responsible."

– Inspector Jackie Gold, Avon and Somerset Police