The RSPCA is appealing for information after the dead bodies of a kitten and a cat in a box were pulled out of Walsall Canal.

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The location where the box was thrown from.

A member of the public witnessed a man in a hi-vis jacket throw the brown box – which was covered in white tape – into the canal from Bridgeman Street, Walsall, in the early afternoon of Friday, 8 September.

The man who witnessed it was concerned about what was in the box, and contacted the fire service who managed to retrieve it from the water.

RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley said: “They were very shocked to find inside it a dead cat and a dead kitten. It isn’t clear if they were alive or dead when they were thrown into the water, and this does concern us. We are keen to find out exactly what happened to the poor animals.

“It is really heartbreaking to find animals like this. It makes no sense to go to this much effort for animals which were dead. If they were alive when thrown into the canal then they would have suffered horrifically.

“We are urging anyone who has any information to contact us on 0300 123 8018.”

Inspector Levesley added: “If you decide you no longer want to keep an animal, we would always urge people to contact ourselves or other animal rescue organisations as there are always ways we can help.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).