A cat abandoned in a sealed bin liner was dehydrated and close to death when it was found by chance, the RSPCA said.
The animal has recovered and is doing well
The liner was spotted by a man walking his dog in Harrowby Road in Bilston, West Midlands.
The adult female black and white cat had been left in the taped liner, which had been put in a box and dumped on land behind the only house in the area.
RSPCA inspector Pam O'Neill described it as a particularly shocking act of deliberate cruelty.
The animal is now doing well in RSPCA care.
It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to abandon an animal, with penalties of up to six months in prison and a maximum fine of £20,000.