RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after six kittens were left abandoned in a box on the side of a rural road in Carmarthenshire.

The six male ginger kittens – who are now aged around nine weeks – were found in the Mynyddcerrig area on the evening of 10 July.

RSPCA animal rescue officer Rohan Barker said: “These poor kittens appear to have been just dumped like rubbish on the side of the road.

“The person who found them said the kittens were running around on the road, but they managed to scoop them up and take them home safely. Luckily these kittens were not injured and were found before anything serious happened to them.”

Anyone with information can contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

The six kittens were transferred to RSPCA Llys Nini Branch’s animal centre in Penllergaer, Swansea, and have been keeping staff busy with their antics!

They have been named Peanut, Bumble, Carrot, Jaffa, Nemo and Rusty and are likely to be made available for rehoming in the next few weeks, following vaccinations and after being neutered. 

The abandoned kittens are sadly typical of some of the jobs dealt with by the RSPCA’s frontline officers, particularly during the summer months.

Reports of beatings, shootings, abandonments and poisonings rise over the summer months – prompting the charity to launch their Cancel out Cruelty campaign. The RSPCA receives around 90,000 calls to its cruelty line every month and investigates 6,000 reports of deliberate animal cruelty. But in the summer (during July and August) calls rise to 134,000 a month.

Yesterday (July 20) is traditionally the RSPCA’s busiest day with 5,971 reports made to the RSPCA’s cruelty hotline based near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, with 842 incidents created to be investigated by frontline rescuers.

The RSPCA urges owners to have their cats neutered from four months old to avoid unwanted litters ending up in rescue centres. Cats can become pregnant from as early as four months old which means that an unexpected litter of kittens can often come as a shock to owners who see their pet as just a kitten herself.

For more information about cat neutering visit the RSPCA’s website.

The RSPCA’s frontline teams are working hard to rescue animals in need this summer but they can’t do it alone – they need your help to Cancel Out Cruelty. To help support the RSPCA, visit: www.rspca.org.uk/stopcruelty 

If you cannot donate, there are other ways you can help Cancel Out Cruelty, from volunteering with the RSPCA, holding a bake sale or fundraiser, or taking part in the #50MilesForAnimals challenge.