The RSPCA has begun an investigation after four kittens were found abandoned in a shopping bag.

The month old kittens, who have been named Bellamy, Murphy, Monty and Octavia, were spotted by a passer-by who discovered them in a tied-up bag.

The shopping bag had been dumped behind Morrisons supermarket near the canal path and pond off Taunton Road in Bridgwater at around 8pm on Monday 22 May.

We understand that sometimes people can face unexpected difficulties in life but there are organisations like ourselves out there that can help when times get tough. There is no excuse to dump any animal in this way.

John Pollock, RSPCA Inspector

The kittens are currently being cared for by the team at RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton and are being taken home each night by a member of staff as they are still struggling to eat.

Around this time of year, the charity sees a lot of abandoned kittens as a result of unwanted litters from cats who have not been neutered.

In 2016, the RSPCA neutered 41,495 male and female cats across England and Wales.

Cat welfare expert Alice Potter reminds us of the importance of neutering our pets:

Some cat owners may believe that cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before they are neutered - this isn’t true, in fact it's just an old wives tale. There is no need for a cat to have a litter of kittens before she’s spayed. The sooner she is spayed, the sooner she can enjoy doing all the things cats like to do - such as going out and climbing trees.

Alice Potter, RSPCA cat welfare expert

If anyone thinks they may have seen anything suspicious in the Bridgwater area or if they know where these cats have come from the RSPCA is asking you to get in touch on 0300 123 8018.