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Kittens left in cardboard box near motorway

The three surviving kittens are now being being hand-reared. Credit: RSPCA

Two kittens have died after being abandoned in a wet cardboard box near the M5.

Three other kittens survived the ordeal.

A member of the public discovered the animals at the Bridgwater junction.

She notified the RSPCA who collected the kittens.

They say the three surviving kittens are now being hand-reared by the woman who found them.

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Record number of kittens abandoned in Gloucestershire

Animal welfare workers in Gloucestershire say record numbers of kittens are being dumped in the county. Staff at Teckels animal sanctuary near Gloucester say they are at breaking point and cannot take in any more. They fear that owners go off them as they grow older and less cute.

Record numbers of kittens being abandoned in Gloucestershire Credit: ITV West Country

The Stroud branch of the Cats Protection League has 60 cats needing homes and is urging people to get their pets neutered.