Four cats - two of them kittens - are ‘lucky to be alive’ after they were zipped up in a canvas bag and dumped in woodland in Thetford.
The cats were found by a dog walker in woodland near the Abbey Estate on Sunday.
According to Jackie Nunn, re-homing officer for Breckland Cats Protection, the cats were in an ‘a terrible state’.
“The bag was full of faeces and the cats were covered in it.
“They must have been there for at least a day and they hadn’t eaten for a long time,” she said.
Two of the cats are around six months old, with the remaining two around a year old. All are male.
They are now being looked after by a foster carer, but are fortunate to be alive, according to Ms Nunn.
“We don’t know exactly how long they have been there but they are lucky the lady found them.
“We are seeing this more and more over the last few years.
“There have been some terrible cases of people moving house and leaving the cat behind.
“In one situation we had kittens dumped in a playground that weren’t even in a box,” she said.
Ms Nunn added that although there is a waiting list for people to hand over unwanted cats, kittens can usually be ‘squeezed in’.
The charity will be holding a re-homing event at St Cuthbert’s Church in Thetford on March 9.