Two cats have been found deserted in a zipped-up shopping bag in Newry.
The terrified animals were discovered on Saturday (January 20) at the Fiveways Shopping Complex, when a member of the public noticed that an individual had left their shopping behind, near the public toilets.
When they approached, they discovered the confused cats inside the sealed Disney-patterned shopping bag.
The USPCA were alerted, who have now taken the cats into their care, where they have received a full health check including flea and worm treatment.
The charity has warned the public that the penalty for animal abandonment can be up to six months in jail, or a fine of up to £5,000.
Nora Smith, CEO of the USPCA, said: “We are grateful to the caring member of the public who brought the cats into our centre. Abandoning two cats in a sealed bag on a cold winter’s day left them in an extremely vulnerable position.
“Through the kindness and actions of the person who brought them to us, they have helped to save two lives. Now that the cats are in the care of our team, we will ensure they know nothing but the warmth, love and care that should be afforded to all companion animals.”
She added: “We would appeal for anyone with further information on this incident to get in touch with us on 028 3025 1000.”