A young cat and her four kittens – one of which died – have all been dumped at the side of a road.
The litter was found in a layby in Lavendon, on the county border near Bozeat, by a man looking for his own lost cat.
The cat and kittens are now being looked after by the Wellingborough and Rushden branch of Cats Protection.
Kim Wilkins, fosterer liaison officer for the branch, is looking after the litter at her home in Wellingborough. When they were found one of the kittens had already died, leaving the mother and three kittens.
Ms Wilkins said: “The kittens are sweet, they are full of beans. They are tiny, they have grown a bit but they are so thin. If we put food down you would think they had never seen food before in their lives. The mum is painfully thin and she is blind in one eye. She is lovely, she is so affectionate and laid back. When I first got her she was growling but after two days of feeding her she was my best friend.”
The three kittens are about seven-weeks-old and the mum Lavinia is about 10 months old. She can be rehomed now and the kittens can go to new homes when they are nine weeks old.
Ms Wilkins said she was appalled at the litter being dumped. She said: “I was just disgusted. They have obviously been with someone, they have been handled, you can pick them up, they have been owned by someone and just dumped.”
She said Wellingborough and Rushden Cats Protection was finding people were increasingly dumping animals.
Ms Wilkins said: “We are finding people are just dumping them rather than taking them to the vets or a local charity. Some dump them because maybe they are ill and they don’t want to pay the vet bills.”
To find out more about giving Lavinia, Lucian, Lisel and Leah new homes, call Wellingborough and Rushden Cats Protection on 0845 3714209.