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3 October 2014, 12:46 | Updated: 3 October 2014, 12:47
Six cats that were callously dumped in an abandoned wheelie bin and left to die in Cambridgeshire are now safe at a rescue centre.
The moggies, aged between two and five years old, were found by walkers near the Wicken Fen nature reserve, last week, after their pet dog began barking and scratching at the discarded bin.
Alan Maskell, Centre Manager at the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Cambridge, said: "Luckily some walkers came across the bin and were alerted to it by their dog. When they opened the lid they found six cats staring up at them – they were completely shocked."
"The cats were immediately taken to our Cambridge rehoming centre, where we made sure they were thoroughly checked by vets and given food, a warm bed, and plenty of TLC."
Alan adds: "It’s a dreadful case – the poor cats must have been terrified. Whoever did this must have intentionally dumped the bin as it was in the middle of nowhere.
"The cats were in good condition, some are neutered and they are all very friendly considering what they’ve been through, so they must have been cared for at some point.
"The cats would have died if they weren’t found – they are very lucky to be alive and we will do our best to find them new families."
The six cats are now named Tamara, Meenie, Cleopatra, Holly, Cinders and Peter and are looking for new homes, either in pairs or on their own.