A HUNGRY and thirsty kitten was left abandoned in a filthy caravan at the roadside near Monks Kirby.
The RSPCA is appealing for information after the eight-week-old kitten was found shut inside the caravan – which was full of mouldy foods, tools and foliage – without any water.
The kitten has been named Kirby by the RSPCA officers who found him in a lay-by in Fosse Way, who are now looking after him.
RSPCA inspector Louise Labram said: “There was no water provided, nowhere comfortable for the kitten to rest and it clearly wasn’t a safe environment for the kitten to stay any longer.
“The kitten was ravenous when offered food. Someone had been feeding him due to empty cat food containers on the floor, but he does not appeared to have been fed for at least that day.
“Being on a fast road, every time a vehicle passed, the caravan rocked. The kitten must have felt very scared.
“This is a completely unacceptable way of keeping any animal, especially one so young.”
She added keeping an animal in such a way was an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and urged anyone with any information about the caravan’s owner to contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
Kirby was found on Wednesday September 30. The caravan has now been removed by local authorities.
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