THE RSPCA is appealing for information after five kittens were dumped in separate locations in Peterborough - in just one day.
The animal charity was notified after two male ginger kittens were dumped in a cardboard box in a park in Bretton Field, two were dumped near to a vets in Bretton, and a further cat was dumped at a vet surgery in the Broadway area.
All five are believed to be less than eight weeks old and were dumped on Monday August 15.
The RSPCA was also called to collect another six-week-old kitten, which was found straying and fending for itself in Crown Street, Millfield, Peterborough, on Saturday August 13.
The two kittens dumped near the vets in Bretton have been taken in by staff and will be re-homed.
The remaining kittens have been taken into RSPCA care and bring the total number of kittens at the RSPCA Peterborough and District branch to 10. They also have a further 17 cats in their care.
RSPCA animal welfare officer Kathy Hornig said: “I am actually disgusted that five kittens were dumped by their heartless owners, and the fact it all happened on one day just shows the scale of the problem at the moment.
“Even if people are struggling financially to cope with their pets, this is not the way to deal with it.
“We would once again remind people to get their cats and kittens neutered to help reduce the numbers of unwanted felines.
“Fortunately in each of these cases they were all discovered, but who knows what would have happened to them if nobody had found them.
“To find that a six-week-old kitten has been left to stray in a busy street is just horrifying.
“We are clearly appealing to anyone who has any information about who may own these kittens to get in touch with the RSPCA on 0300-1234-999.
“But we really hope that there are some kind people in the Peterborough area who can come forward to offer these poor mites new homes.
“The RSPCA Peterborough branch is currently bursting at the seams with cats and kittens and we are struggling to take in any more until we find new homes for those currently in our care.
“Please, please if you are considering getting a cat or kitten contact the RSPCA branch first as they desperately need your help.”
Anyone who can help is urged to contact Paul at the branch on 01733-222188.