These two poorly kittens, pictured below, were abandoned in a plastic bag and left to die on disused wasteland in Birmingham.

The cats, who were struggling to breathe when they were found, were dumped alongside two newborn kittens – still with their umbilical cords attached – on land in Slade Road, Erdington, Birmingham, on Friday, 17 November.

Sadly, the two kittens suffering from cat flu – aged around eight weeks old – were too poorly to survive.

Now the RSPCA is urging anyone with information about who dumped the kittens to come forward.

The newborn kittens are now being hand-reared by a vet nurse.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Cara Gibbon, who picked up the kittens, said: “It is heartbreaking to think that somebody dumped these poor, defenceless kittens like this. It is completely irresponsible. Anything could have happened to them.

“The two older kittens were very poorly and they were struggling to breathe. Whoever dumped them may have done so because they couldn’t afford to treat them, but there are organisations out there, including ourselves, who will help – we don’t want any animals to suffer.

“We really hope that the two newborn kittens will pull through.”

Anyone who has any information about who dumped the kittens should contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

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