The RSPCA is caring for four kittens found abandoned in a cat carrier down a country lane during the scorching heat on Friday 31 July.
The charity was alerted to the incident by the police, and Animal Welfare Officer Siobhan Trinnaman attended the location in Curtis Mill Lane, Romford.
Siobhan said: “I am appalled that these kittens have been deliberately abandoned especially as it was 35 degrees where I picked them up. We are just grateful that they were found when they were and that the caller waited with them. The kittens could have easily died in this box in this heat, the poor things.
“The poor little mites, they were so thin their spines were prominent and they are full of flu and all had sticky gunky eyes, so I took them straight to the RSPCA Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital where they will be kept in isolation while they are treated. They are very poorly, and we just hope they are strong enough to pull through.”
The kittens were found by a member of the public who had spotted the black and cream coloured cat carrier on the side of the road.
The RSPCA has been told that from the way the carrier was found the finder believes it could have been thrown out of a car.
The four kittens are believed to be around 12 weeks old and they three girls and one boy, two are white and two tabbies. They are currently in the care of RSPCA Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital
The RSPCA is appealing for information and would urge anyone who may know who owns the kittens or has any information in regards to this incident to contact the RSPCA Inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.