Two litters of kittens were dumped in boxes and left to die in acts of cruelty which have been described as “appalling”.
Cardboard boxes containing a total of 10 cats were found in Kettering and Wellingborough recently.
In Wellingborough, six kittens – three males and three females – were discovered after being dumped under a bridge at The Embankment last week.
They were immediately taken to Swanspool Vets, in London Road, Wellingborough, where they are being cared for by veterinary staff there.
Veterinary nurse Stacey Villiers said: “The box was found under a bridge in Wellingborough on Wednesday night and the kittens were brought straight in to us.
“The man who found them just happened to be walking by when he found them. They are all about three weeks old, and they were very cold and very hungry when they came in.
“I am very appalled that someone could have just left them to die – if they hadn’t been found they could have died.
“Why they have just dumped them I do not know.
“If people don’t want litters of kittens or puppies they should have their pets neutered.
“There are charities, like the Cats Protection League, which can help with costs.”
Swanspool Vets will be holding an open day this Saturday, September 15.
The clinic, in London Road, Wellingborough, will be open to visitors from 10am until 4pm.
Visitors will be able to have a look around, meet the animals in pets corner and guess the weight of the pony. There will also be face painting and there will be cats from Rushden Persian Rescue who need new homes.
A similar incident of cats being dumped was reported on Thursday, September 6, in Kettering, where a female cat and her three kittens were found in a Walkers Crisps box next to a bin in Leatherland Court.
They were taken to Avenue Vets, St Peter’s Avenue.
Head nurse Hannah Shepherd said: “They were found in a box next to a bin which was presumably going to be emptied the next day.
“The person might have hoped the bin men would find them but they might not have seen them.
“The kittens are about six weeks old.
“Someone must have looked after them as they had all been fed.
“We get it occasionally – luckily not too often, probably a couple of times a year.”
Two have got new homes, but owners are still needed for the other two. Anyone interested in adopting them can call the vets on 01536 512200.