The RSPCA is appealing for information after three kittens and their mum were found dumped in a bin bag in the middle of a road in Northwich.
The family was found by a member of the public at about 11pm on Thursday, January 28 on the A559 Manchester Road, in Lostock Gralam.
All the cats were found to be in reasonably good health and the mum, who was found wearing a plastic red collar with a diamante design on it, has been rehomed.
The four-month-old black and white kittens - two females named Cherry and Damson and a male called Quincy - are now staying at Stapeley Grange Cattery in Nantwich.
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RSPCA inspector Nadine Pengilly said: “These animals were found in a bin bag in the middle of a road at night so it was obviously dark.
“They could easily have been hit by a car and killed. It seems unlikely this was anything other than a deliberate act and of course we want to hear from anyone with any information.
“Neutering your cat is so important. If people acted responsibly and got their animals neutered then we wouldn’t have so many animals being discarded like a piece of rubbish. People should do all they can to prevent unwanted litters of kittens in the first place – there is plenty of help available with neutering, so there really is no excuse.”
Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.
If you have any information about the cats, contact the RSPCA appeals line in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.