The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was rescued by a jogger who heard crying coming from a black bin bag in a canal in the village of Great Haywood, Stafford.
The male jogger heard the faint cries of a cat coming from the bin bag which was half floating in the water.
He pulled the bag out which was tied with a knot and found a male black and white cat inside.
The cat was found on Wednesday 27 around 5pm, the caller contacted the RSPCA the next day and an officer was sent to collect the cat.
RSPCA inspector Laura Bryant said: “This little fella is just adorable and he has been named Baxter.
“I actually cannot understand why someone would do this to him, he is so lovely and very sweet – why on earth would anyone want to harm him?
“Thank goodness he was spotted by this passerby who rescued him and we are so grateful for all his efforts.”
Baxter is now being cared for by the RSPCA Stafford Wolverhampton and District Branch. Staff say he is incredibly friendly and the sweetest of boys but he is thin and his long coat was quite matted.
Baxter was not microchipped and it is thought he is a young adult.
Anyone with information no matter how small is urged to contact inspector Bryant on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.