a leading animal welfare charity is hunting the heartless criminal who tied kittens inside a bin bag and left them to die.
The two animals are recovering at the Scottish SPCA’s centre at Mellerstain, near Gordon after being discovered by a dog walker in Hawick early on Friday morning.
And the SSPCA is calling on anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact them.
The charity’s senior inspector Jenny Scott said: “This was an extremely cruel act and we’re keen to identify whoever was responsible. We’d urge anyone who recognises the kittens and knows who might have owned them to get in touch.”
A woman found the helpless eight-week-old animals as she walked her pet along an old railway path between Melgund Place and Linden Crescent at about 7am.
The male and female kittens, who have been named Midnight and Shadow, were taken to a local vet before being moved to the Mellerstain centre.
Inspector Scott said: “The lady found the kittens when her dog was drawn towards a garden refuse sack that had been dumped in undergrowth.
“When she opened it she found a plastic bag with the two kittens tied inside.
“If they hadn’t been found, the poor things would have starved or suffocated to death.
“They were very hungry when we fed them, but remarkably they seem to be making a full recovery.
“Both kittens’ white fur is stained yellow so they’ve obviously come from a very dirty environment. We think it’s likely they’ve been in someone’s house as they appear to be litter-trained already.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information relating to Midnight and Shadow is asked to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.