TWO cats were rescued by firefighters after they were found trapped at the bottom of a 15ft gully.

RSPCA animal collection officer, Kim Sheriff, was called to Parker Lane in Burnley on Saturday February 1, following reports the frightened moggies had allegedly been thrown over the edge.

Ms Sheriff said: "The two cats were stuck at the bottom of a 15ft-deep gully which was littered with rubbish and damp, mouldy leaves.

"The walled area was fenced at the surface so I think it’s unlikely they’d have both fallen in by accident.

"Unfortunately, I suspect they were thrown into the shaft and abandoned, which is just awful.”

The fire service were called and crews assisted in safely lifting them out.

Ms Sheriff added: "We took both cats for an assessment at a local vets and they were both really frightened.

“The pair - now named Barney and Bradley - are being cared for by staff at RSPCA Rochdale and District branch.”

Grey tabby, Bradley, who is around five, is nervous and a little underweight, and black cat Barney, who RSPCA officers estimated is aged one, appears to be confident and relaxed, and really likes people.

The cats will remain in RSPCA care to be monitored and will soon be available for rehoming.

To find out more about offering Barney and Bradley a new home call 01706 861897.

To find out more about the RSPCA visit their website or call donation line on 0300 123 8181.