The RSPCA is appealing for information after several young kittens and a cockerel were dumped in the woods and left to survive on their own.
The animals were abandoned in Bexley Hill, Petworth, on the side of a single-track road.
Local residents spotted three kittens and a cockerel on October 24 at the edge of a patch of woodland and, concerned for their welfare, called the RSPCA.
Inspector Andrew Kirby visited on the cold, wet day, but was unable to find them himself.
He said: “There was such thick undergrowth it was impossible to see them.
“Someone has obviously left these young kittens there,” Inspector Kirby said. “They really had no chance of survival. How could anyone expect them to survive?
“We’re trying to find out if anyone knows who may have left them there or saw who left them.”
He set up traps – provided by Cats Protection – to catch the animals. The cockerel and two of the kittens were captured. It is believed the third kitten was found nearby and rescued by a neighbour.
The cockerel has now been rehomed and one of the kittens, a 10-week-old, was rehomed by a neighbour who fell in love with her, while six-month-old grey and white Quantum was taken to Mount Noddy Animal Rescue Centre.
Inspector Kirby thanked the public for their help in monitoring the animals and checking the traps.
He said: “Members of the public have been really good, they have been really helpful. It would have been very difficult for us without their help.”
Now, the RSPCA is appealing for information to help track down those who abandoned the animals to fend for themselves.
Anyone with any information can contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.
Quantum is now looking for a loving new home. If you’re interested in adopting him, please contact Mount Noddy on 01243 773359.