The RSPCA are appealing for information after two partially blinded kittens were found dumped in a bush in Newcastle.
The seven-week-old female kittens were rescued from Silverdale Country Park on Thursday 5 September, after a dog walker heard crying noises.
The woman was sitting on a memorial bench near the new miners head sculpture at about 4pm when she heard a noise coming from nearby brambles and went to investigate.
She managed to reach inside the thick bush and saw a poorly kitten so she took her to Hope Vets in Stoke-on-Trent for treatment, and also reported the matter to the RSPCA.
But she was unsure if the cries were just from one kitten - so returned to the area an hour later and heard another. Again she went into the thick brambles and found another kitten which she also took to the same vets.
Both kittens had cat flu, and as it was left untreated it has now caused both partial blindness in their left eye which is irreversible.
They were also severely dehydrated and very hungry but they are now recovering well.
The kittens were found near the new miners head sculpture
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Julie Lyons is investigating and is appealing for help to trace the person responsible.
She believes the kittens had been in that location for no more than a few hours.
She said: “This was a horrible and cynical abandonment. These poor kittens were thrown away like pieces of rubbish and left exposed to all sorts of dangers.
“If this kind member of the public had not heard the cries and acted on them then they would have suffered a lingering death as they would have starved. It must have been terrifying for them.
“I believe the owner has realised the kitten’s needed medical attention but instead of taking them to the vet’s decided to get rid of them in such a callous way.
“There is never an excuse to do this as there are plenty of charities which would help in these cases.
“I am keen to trace the person responsible and am hoping someone may recognise the kittens and be able to identify the owner.
“Or perhaps someone saw something suspicious in the area which may help.”
The cats will be transferred into RSPCA care once they are healthy enough where they will be put up for re-homing.
Anyone with information that can help the investigation should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.