Abandoned kittens saved by children in bus shelter
It was a chance discovery which saved the lives of five newborn kittens dumped in Co Armagh by a "callous" individual.
The litter of kittens was found in a plastic bag by a group of school children in a bus shelter in Mullaghbawn.
Inside were five tiny newborn kittens who are thought to be only a day or two old.
The USPCA said the kittens were shivering after having been out in the cold all night when they were brought in and still had their umbilical cords attached.
All five of the tiny kittens are said to be doing well and are being bottle fed every hour to build up their strength.
A spokesman for the USPCA said: "A group of schoolchildren came across a plastic bag in a bus shelter in Mullaghbawn. It contained five newborn kittens.
"The kittens appeared to be a day or two old and are likely to have spent the night outside in the damp and cold.
"A kind member of the public took the kittens into the USPCA Newry Animal Hospital and they are now being cared for.
"Thanks are due to the rescuers, without their intervention the kittens would have died, and shame on the callous individual who saw fit to dump them to their fate."
The USPCA said the incident highlights the importance of neutering and spaying pets to avoid unwanted litters.
The USPCA can be contacted on 028 3025 1000 or for more information visit www.uspca.co.uk