Four kittens and their mum have been rescued by an animal sanctuary after they were dumped in a bag close to a busy bypass.

Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary rescued a young mum cat and her four babies after a cyclist found one of the kittens on Commerce Street, near to the busy A56 bypass over the bank holiday weekend.

Lancashire Telegraph: The kittens are now safeThe kittens are now safe (Image: Bleakholt)

Cat rescuer Rosie Allan raced down and collected the four kittens but unfortunately wasn’t able to capture the mum cat.

The sanctuary then appealed for help and a woman managed to trap the mum on Tuesday, who has since been reunited with her babies at the Edenfield sanctuary.

Lancashire Telegraph: The felines are now safeThe felines are now safe (Image: Bleakholt)

Sanctuary Manager Karen Weed said: “The black kittens were found dumped in a wooden area in a bag near a main road and one of them had wandered out.

"We think that they had been there a few days in the bag and the mum is needing extra treatment after being in the sealed bag which she managed to open.

“A cyclist rang the sanctuary after finding the kitten and thankfully someone was able to collect the others but the mum got away.

Lancashire Telegraph: The mum cat is now safeThe mum cat is now safe (Image: Bleakholt)

“After a day or two, a lovely lady managed to trap the mum, who was only around 18 months old, and brought her to the sanctuary to reunite them although the mum is very weak and on a drip.

“Whoever dumped them was so cruel, especially if the bag was sealed, and it was close to a road and, if they had been there much longer, they could have all been run over. They are thankfully all safe with us now.”

The kittens are only around four weeks old and are still too young to be adopted at this stage so will be up for adoption when they are ready.

To adopt go to to register an interest.

Bleakholt also wants to make people aware that they need to neuter cats to stop unwanted pregnancies and more situations like this.