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Dumped kittens rescued from snow

The two kittens
The kittens were checked over by an RSPCA vet

Two kittens used up one of their nine lives when they were found abandoned in a box as heavy snow began to fall.

The pair were dumped, without bedding or food, next to a bus stop in the village of Syresham, Northamptonshire, as temperatures plummeted on Monday.

Francine Wilkins discovered the four-month-old brothers and took them to the RSPCA where they were given a clean bill of health despite their ordeal.

Ms Wilkins decided to keep one and her friend plans to take in the other.

RSPCA inspector Claire Ryder urged people not to abandon unwanted pets, especially in the cold weather.

She said: "People who don't want their pets for whatever reason should make sure they find a new home for them.

"There are organisations like the RSPCA who will help.

"You must never abandon animals, especially in this sort of weather when they have little chance of surviving for long."

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