Three maggot-infested kittens covered in diarrhoea have been found dumped in the street.

The four-week old emaciated kittens were found with a six month old kitten, believed to be a sibling, in a box in Wembley, north London.

A cyclist took the kittens to The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green.

The kittens have been nursed back to health Credit: The Mayhew Animal Home

While the older kitten, named Apricot by staff, seemed healthy, the younger kittens, named Cherry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant, did not.

The home’s vet gave them fluids, cleared their wounds and gave them antibiotics.

The wounds must have been incredibly painful for the poor kittens. We suspect that they got bitten by another animal, maybe a rat, which later got infected by flies, who laid maggots in the wounds.

Gillian Notton, head of animal welfare at The Mayhew Animal Home

We can’t imagine how terrifying it must have been for these kittens to be abandoned in a box. With the hot weather lately and the kittens being so dehydrated, it’s worrying to think that they could have died if they hadn’t been found.

The Mayhew’s cat welfare coordinator, Georgina Disney

The kittens have been nursed back to health and when they are a bit older, they will be neutered and made available for adoption.