The RSPCA is appealing for information after a family of ginger cats were left cruelly abandoned in a cat carrier next to the sewage works on West Mill Lane in Sherborne, Dorset.

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A mother cat and two four-month old kittens were found by the roadside on a lane that leads up to Sherborne’s household recycling centre this week. A member of the public spotted them on their way to work on Wednesday (16 September) morning and immediately took them to a local vets who then called the RSPCA for help.

The cats were found to be crawling with fleas and the mother was suffering from a case of diarrhea.

RSPCA inspector Ken Snook who is investigating the case said: “Leaving these cats down a lane inside a cat carrier is irresponsible and it could have potentially put the lives of these animals at risk. If they hadn’t have been spotted by a passer by that day then there could have been much more devastating consequences.

“We understand that sometimes people can face unexpected difficulties in life and this can mean a crisis when it comes to their pets but there are organisations out there that can help when times get tough and there is no excuse to dump any animal in this way. People need to be aware that not only are incidents such as this unthinking and callous but they are also a criminal offence.

“If anyone thinks they may have seen anything suspicious this week in the West Mill Lane area or if they happen to know more about what might have happened to these cats or how they got there, I urge you to please get in touch with me as soon as possible in the strictest confidence on our inspector appeal line.”

Anyone with any further information about this incident can contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

The three cats have since been treated for their issues and are now happy and healthy in the RSPCA’s care.