The RSPCA has appealed for information after three tiny kittens were dumped in a bin bag by the side of the road.
The animal welfare charity was called on 17 October by a lady who found three young kittens inside a black bin bag in Kelvedon Road, Tiptree.
RSPCA inspector Adam Jones went along to collect the tiny cats.
“The kittens must have only been between two and three-weeks-old,” Inspector Jones said. “Their eyes were barely open and they certainly shouldn’t be away from their mother at such a young age.
“The lady who called us came across them after her own cat kept trying to get to the bin bag and, when she investigated, she discovered the little babies inside.
“To leave such vulnerable and helpless kittens in a bag by the side of the road is just deplorable.
“Thankfully, the cats were not injured and are in relatively good health.”
They are now being cared for by a local vet at her home (pictured above) and, once old enough, will be available for rehoming via the RSPCA.
Vet Ami Cooper took the kittens to meet her grandfather at his care home where residents named the babies Rupert, Doreen and Marion. She said the kittens are doing well and getting stronger every day.
She said: “They are going from strength to strength. They’re doing really well and getting stronger every day.
“They are living with me while I hand-rear them. I feed them and then my dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier-cross called Minnie, cleans them. She loves them.”
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