Two newborn kittens have been dumped in a plastic bag and left next to some bins in Leicester.
The male kittens, who were about three days old when they were found, still had their eyes closed and their umbilical cords attached.
They were discovered in a carrier bag next to a wheelie bin in Warwick Street, Leicester, on Friday 9 August.
They were found by a member of the public who took the kittens inside and called the RSPCA.
Inspector Ann Bennett is now appealing for information on how the young kittens came to be abandoned.
The kittens are now being cared for by a fosterer at the RSPCA Northamptonshire branch until they are old enough to be re-homed.
They have been named Max and Lewis and as they are so young, they are being hand-reared which means round-the-clock care.