Kittens Dumped Near Winchester
The RSPCA's investigating after four tiny kittens were found abandoned near Winchester.
The charity was called after a member of the public discovered the kittens, loose, next to a parking area on the edge of the wood at the back of her property in Hursley on November the 7th.
The kittens were clean and dry and warm, so the charity says it's likely they had only been left there that morning.
The kittens, which were alert but scared, were taken to the RSPCA Stubbington Ark Animals Shelter, near Fareham where they were examined by a vet and found to be underweight and with fleas.
The RSPCA is appealing for information to find the person responsible for the kittens.
RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards, who is investigating, said:
"These kittens were probably an unplanned and unwanted litter which came about as a result of someone failing to take on board basic animal welfare advice and have their pet neutered.
"It is a sad day when people fail their pet by not having it neutered and then when kittens come along they just shrug their shoulders and decide to dump them and let someone else deal with it.
"RSPCA animal centres are full of unwanted cats and kittens and many owners are only making the problem worse by allowing their pets to breed.
"I would urge anyone who recognizes these kittens or has information about where they came from to please contact the RSPCA so we can check on the welfare of their mother and ensure there are no other animals at risk."
Under the Animals Welfare Act 2006 anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal faces up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Edwards.