Two kittens have been rescued by the RSPCA after being dumped in a recycling bin in the car park of a Somerset supermarket.
The unwanted ginger kittens were found after members of the public heard cries from a recycling bin in the Tesco car park in Chard. One of them had a broken back.
The RSPCA is now investigating how the young cats, who have been named Stuffing and Bisto, came to be abandoned.
3,307 calls were made to the RSPCA's cruelty line in December 2018. 585 of these reports of cruelty were in Somerset. Calls to the animal welfare centre have went up that month by more than 5,000 across the UK.
Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA, said: “We would urge anyone considering getting a pet to think carefully about whether they have the time, care, patience, and resources to care for that animal for the rest of their life and if you feel you really do, then please consider giving a rescue pet a second chance this new year.”
Stuffing and Bisto are currently being cared for by the team at RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre.
The kitten suffering from a broken back - Bisto - is on cage rest due to the injuries. He is predicted to make a full recovery.
The animal welfare charity is asking anyone who may have information on how the kittens came to be in the bin at 3.45pm on December 2 to contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.