The RSPCA is appealing for information after five dead kittens were found in a child’s backpack dumped behind a row of houses in Nottingham.

The bodies of the black-and-white kittens, who were all thought to be around five weeks old, were found by a woman in Lodgewood Close, in Bulwell, on Monday (3 October).

RSPCA inspector Kristy Ludlam, who is investigating, said: “This is a very sad incident which will no doubt shock people who live in the area. The kittens were found just dumped behind a row of houses in a distinctive pink children’s backpack, which had a turquoise zip.

“All of the cats looked to be in a good body condition and had no obvious injury, however they were soaking wet, which does lead us to believe that they may have been drowned as the bag itself was not wet.Kittens2

“If this is the case, it is likely these kittens suffered before they died. Drowning is a horrible way to die.

“The River Leen is only a few hundred metres away, so if they were drowned then it is possible that the incident occurred there. If anyone saw anything around the area, or recognises the distinctive backpack, then please do get in touch with us on 0300 123 8018 so we can investigate further.”

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