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Workmen save rubbish tip kittens

Rescued kittens
The kittens were found tied up in a carrier bag

Two kittens about to be crushed by a rubbish compactor at a tip were saved when workmen heard them mewing.

The pair had been dumped into a bin collected on Tuesday from St Neots, in Cambridgeshire, and taken to the tip in Brampton before they were rescued.

The kittens, left in a Waitrose carrier bag, are now recovering at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester and have been named Rose and Carrie.

They are yet to open their eyes and are thought to be two or three days old.

Polly Underwood, from the shelter, said: "They were just going into the rubbish compactor when the workmen heard the mewing.

"They stopped the machine, rustled through the rubbish and found the two kittens in a carrier bag."

Jo Webb, of the cat section at the shelter, said: "These kittens have been through such a traumatic experience.

"We would urge anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to contact a shelter like Wood Green, as opposed to just dumping their animals."

The kittens are receiving round-the-clock care from staff at Wood Green.

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