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Kittens found dumped in sodden box in Gillingham

PUBLISHED: 12:16 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:16 16 June 2017

Flora and Kiara

Flora and Kiara

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Flora and Kiara are now recovering at the RSPCA’s Ashford Garden Cattery

Two kittens found dumped in a sodden box in Gillingham are recovering in RSPCA care.

The black and white kittens, Flora and Kiara, both six weeks old, were found in a wet cardboard box near to the border of Gillingham and Chatham on June 6.

A member of the public was walking home when he spotted the kittens and took them back home before contacting the RSPCA.

Inspector Dave Grant then took the kittens to the RSPCA’s Ashford Garden Cattery where they are now recovering.

He said: “A member of the public found these young kittens who had been cruelly abandoned.

“It appeared as though one of the kittens had her fur cut with scissors before she was dumped. Her coat had been trimmed, possibly because there was a substance on them so she looked a bit of a mess.

“One of them also had a bad case of diarrhea and both were looking undernourished and flea-ridden.

“It is very sad to see kittens who are too young to be away from their mum abandoned in this way.”

Anyone with information about how they came to be abandoned are asked to contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

The kittens are too young to be rehomed, but the cattery has 11 other kittens who are looking for their forever home.

Summer is the busiest time for the charity when unwanted and abandoned litters come flooding in, leaving its centres bursting with cats and kittens.

Cat welfare expert, Alice Potter said: “This is the time when most litters are born and sadly this results in a lot of kittens being brought into the RSPCA, largely because they were unplanned and their owners can not cope.”

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