Three one-month-old kittens have been rescued after being found abandoned in an empty crisp box on a busy west London Road.

A passer-by on Shepherds Bush Road was shocked to find a box left in the street containing the tiny kittens and took them to the nearby Blue Cross animal hospital in Hammersmith.

The kittens - who have now been named McCoy, Dorito and Pringle – were dangerously weak and suffering from anaemia as a result of being infested with fleas.

McCoy, Dorito and Pringle were really underweight, scared and cold when they were brought in to us. We treated them for fleas, warmed them up and fed them kitten milk using a syringe, which perked them up a bit.

Tracey Parnell, Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse

The kittens will continue to be monitored until they are well enough to be transferred to a rehoming centre, and will be ready to find new owners in a few weeks.