One of the abandoned kittens Picture: Supplied.

Twelve kittens were found huddled together to keep warm after they were abandoned at a roadside in Gayton this week.

The RSPCA was called to rescue the animals from a verge near to a dog waste bin in Well Hall Lane 12.30pm on Monday.

The kittens are thought to be from two litters – ranging in age from two to five-weeks-old.

They are being looked-after by a trustee of the West Norfolk branch of the charity, Chris Shale.

“We are doing all we can for them and so far they are doing well,” she said.

A RSPCA spokesman said: “Thnese kittens are young and vulnerable and should still have been with their mothers, not dumped on the side of a road where they could have died if they hadn’t been found.”

They were found by a man walking his dog and the RSPCA wants information about where they came from. Contact 0300 123 8018.

And in another incident this week, a hedgehog had to be destroyed after being shot at point blank range by an airgun.

The young female was taken to the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre after she was found on Sunday in South Lynn dragging her legs. The pellet had left her paralysed and the centre’s vet was unable to save her.

Anyone with information  regarding the incident are urged to can contact the RSPCA.