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Box of cats and kittens found abandoned with a note reading "Need a home - Merry Xmas"

The box was left outside Luton and Dunstable Hospital Credit: RSPCA

Two cats and three kittens were dumped in a cardboard box outside the hospital in Luton.

The RSPCA is appealing for information the pets were dumped alongside a note that read 'Need a home - Merry Xmas. Please help them.'

They were found outside Luton and Dunstable University Hospital in Lewsey Road at about 8am on Monday (November 25). A hospital worker spotted the cats and contacted the RSPCA.

Inspector Melanie Fisher came to rescue them.

She said:

“These cats were abandoned in a box outside the hospital early on Monday morning. Thankfully they are all in good condition and have obviously been well looked after previously. They are socialised and nice and friendly but sadly someone has left them behind.

“We understand that people’s circumstances can change which might mean they can no longer care for their pets but dumping an animal is never the answer. Luckily, these cats were found by a kind member of the public and are now being cared for by the Bedfordshire South branch of the RSPCA."

– Melanie Fisher, RSPCA Inspector
The kittens appeared well cared for Credit: RSPCA
The RSPCA say dumping an animal is never the answer Credit: RSPCA
The three kittens and two cats are now looking for a home for Christmas Credit: ITV Anglia

The charity is appealing for information to see if anyone recognises the cats, or if they saw anything unusual between 7am and 8am on Monday outside the hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

The family of cats include two-year-old tabby and white cat Elle, who is believed to be the mum; one-year-old tabby female Dee, who is believed to be her slightly younger daughter as they are very close; and two black and white and one tabby kitten named Amber, Penny and Lance.

“If no owner comes forward then the cats will be rehomed.” Melaine explained. “Let’s hope they can find a loving forever home before Christmas!”

The five pets are all looking for home Credit: ITV Anglia
The cats appeared to be well looked after Credit: RSPCA
The cats appeared to have been well looked after Credit: RSPCA

The charity is appealing for information to see if anyone recognises the cats, or if they saw anything unusual between 7am and 8am on Monday outside the hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.