An appeal has been launched after a train driver reported seeing a person at a foot crossing throwing five kittens at a train near Lingwood station in Norfolk, the British Transport Police (BTP) said on Wednesday.
The incident, which was not captured on CCTV, was reported to police on the afternoon of Thursday 15 September by the driver of a train service from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, who told officers he had witnessed the kittens being thrown at the train from the undergrowth.
When BTP officers attended the scene they discovered one dead cat and one dead kitten. However, officers believe the cat had been dead for some time prior to this incident.
Four of the five kittens were found alive and were taken to Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue centre in Hemsby where they were treated by vets for cuts. New homes have now been found for two of the kittens.
A spokesperson from the RSPCA said that deliberate cruelty to animals is unacceptable.
Alan Bowell, a BTP sergeant, described the incident as "horrendous and shocking". "No animal should ever be subjected to such cruelty. Thankfully, not all the kittens were killed during this dreadful ordeal and are being well looked after," he said.
Both the BTP and the RSPCA are urging anyone with any information about the incident to come forward and contact the British Transport Police by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 214 of 21/09/2016.
You can also pass information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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