The RSPCA is appealing for information after four kittens, suffering from cat flu, were found dumped in Stoke-on-Trent.
They were discovered in a hedge at a beauty spot called Beech Caves, off Beechdale Lane, last Thursday (12 September) by a man exploring the area with some friends.
He took them to a nearby vets for treatment and alerted the RSPCA.
Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Julie Lyons was sent to the scene to investigate.
She said all four kittens, three female and one male, were suffering from cat flu and believes they were abandoned for this reason. One of the kittens has a badly infected eye caused by this.
She said: “These poorly kittens were thrown away in a very remote spot and left exposed to all sorts of dangers - especially as they were not far away from the busy M6.
“It was a stroke of luck that they were found and looked after by a member of public otherwise they could have suffered a lingering death as they would have starved or could have wandered onto the motorway.
“I believe the owner probably realised the kittens needed medical attention but instead of taking them to the vets decided to dump them, which sadly we are seeing on a regular basis.”
The kittens are now in RSPCA care where they will remain until they can be re-homed.
The charity will now be examining CCTV in the area to try and trace the person responsible.
The discovery was made a week after two seven-week-old female kittens, who were partially blinded after they were also left untreated for cat flu, were also found dumped in a remote area in Staffordshire.
They were rescued from Silverdale Country Park in Newcastle on Thursday September 5 after a dog walker heard crying noises.
Two kittens were found suffering with cat flu at Silverdale County Park
Anyone who can help or who recognises the kittens and be able to identify the owner should call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.