Weeks-old kittens were dumped in a bag by a bin in a “callous and shocking” act of cruelty, animal shelter bosses have revealed.
The six kittens, which are around three weeks old, were taken to the Nine Lives Cat Rescue centre, South Shore, after being discovered on Lytham Road at around midday on Monday.
The kittens, who are too young to be able to miaow loudly enough to attract attention, were discovered by a member of the public who went to investigate a bin bag dumped outside of a bin.
And after making the discovery, he took the litter just metres down the road to the rescue centre, opposite the Excelsior Pub.
Shop manager Christine Meryem said: “I don’t know why someone would do this.
“They were just put in a box, inside a black bin liner, and dumped.
“Whoever did this should be ashamed of themselves.
“If they hadn’t have been found they would have died, they’re tiny things.
“They should have just brought them to the shop.
“They’re very pretty kittens. They’re fluffy little things, beautiful, all black, grey and white.”
Centre bosses said the young age of the kittens means they ideally need to go to a home with a new mother cat.
Removing kittens from their mother so young poses potential health risks to both the babies and mother, they added.
Mrs Meryem added: “Cats need to be socialised by their mother, taught how to eat and wash themselves and just how to be a cat, they’re babies.
“The mother will need an injection now to stop her producing milk else she’ll get very poorly.
“They seem like they’ve been looked after but they’re too young to be left. They’ve been neglected by being left like this. Thank goodness that man found them, otherwise they would have been taken with the bins, they’re not loud enough to be heard.”
A foster carer was quickly found for the kittens, at a home in Blackpool, and the six will be cared for there until they are older and healthy enough to be rehomed.
The Cat Rescue is appealing for anyone who can offer funds to cover vets bills and costs incurred by the kittens stay to get in touch.
Contact Nine Lives Cat Rescue, Lytham Road, on (01253) 283349.