Six kittens left for dead inside a bin bag are finally set to be rehomed after being nursed back to health by members of an animal sanctuary.
The group, left abandoned inside a cardboard box tied up by a bin bag, were just three weeks old when found near bins on Lytham Road, South Shore, last month.
But after treatment from volunteers at the Nine Lives Cat Rescue Centre, the six are now ready to be rehomed.
Hannah Humphreys, 33, volunteer at the Lytham Road-based centre, said it was “a sad story, but with a happy ending.”
She added: “They are fit and healthy and doing really well. We are now hoping they can be rehomed.
“They will be nine weeks old next week and ready to go.
It is a sad story but we are so pleased a member of the public found them and they can be rehomed. It is a happy ending
“They have not been microchipped or neutered, but they will make great pets and are ready to go to a loving home.
“We just can’t understand why they were put in the bag and not brought to the shop. It looks like they were dumped there so they would go in the back of the bin wagon.
“We think the purpose was to kill them.
“It is a sad story but we are so pleased a member of the public found them and they can be rehomed. It is a happy ending.”
The kittens, 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.
A foster carer was quickly found for the kittens, at a home in Blackpool, and the six were cared for until they were fit enough to be rehomed.
If you can help look after one of the kittens or would be interested in rehoming another animal contact Nine Lives Cat Rescue, Lytham Road, on (01253) 283349.
‘Whoever did this should be ashamed of themselves’
Speaking last month, shop manager Christine Meryem told of her shock at the incident.
She added: “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 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.”