The black four-week-old kittens were rescued from an old sewer pipe after a member of the public spotted a woman pull up in a black Corsa at the junction of Pitt Street, Botolph Street and St Augustines and throw rubbish over a fence onto a piece of waste ground before swiftly driving away.

On further inspection, the kind member of the public found the kittens amongst the rubbish and pulled them from an old drain pipe where they had landed, at about 2pm on Wednesday (23 May).

The two males and two females were taken to a vet who then contacted the RSPCA. They are now being cared for by the RSPCA Norwich and Mid Norfolk branch.Car Thrown from Car

Chloe Shorten, Animal Welfare Manager at the branch, said: “All four kittens are now doing well after vet checks and some much-needed TLC.

“They are currently being fostered by one of our staff members. How anyone could throw these four, defenceless kittens and leave them for dead is a mystery. There is never an excuse to abandon an animal like this but sadly, especially at this time of year, we see lots of dumped kittens as we are now in the season when most of the little ones are born.

“They have been named Donnatello ‘Donna’, Leonardo ‘Leona’, Michelangelo and Raphael after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they are very sweet and purr a lot when they are fussed over.

“We are inundated with cats and kittens at the moment as the cat overpopulation crisis reaches its peak again for the summer. The answer to this is to have cats neutered from four months old to avoid unplanned litters of kittens who sadly can end up dumped like rubbish, much like these unlucky babies.”

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If you have any information about how the kittens came to be abandoned, please call the inspectorate appeal line in strictest confidence, on 0300 123 8018.