Callous pet owners dumped a mother cat and her two kittens at a local animal rescue centre.
Staff at Animal Care said a car pulled into the car park and left two rucksacks in the drive, before driving off.
Abi Sadler, assistant manager, said: “A member of staff nearly ran the cats over as they had been dumped in the middle of the drive.
“They were all covered in fleas and very skinny.
“We have found homes for the two kittens already.
“The mother has been named Tiger Lily and the kittens are called Sweet Pea and Tulip.
““We get pets dumped two or three times a month, and 99% of these are cats and kittens.
“People are so desperate but if they just waited a week or two we could help.”
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