An abandoned cat and four starving chickens were found in a dyke in the Boston area last week.
The RSPCA received a report of the animals on Tuesday after a member of the public spotted them in a remote area of Frampton Marsh.
Inspector Becky Harper visited the site and heard a ‘loud crying noise’ in the fields before a young black cat emerged from reeds in a dyke.
The cat was safely put into a basket and two of the hens were also caught. A second trip was made the following day to catch the final two hens - described as ‘huddled together, starving and cold’.
All hens have now been rehomed - but a cockerel is still on the loose in the area.
“For several years running we have been getting calls of dumped cockerels and hens in this area,” said Becky.
“Once released they are extremely hard to catch and they stand very little chance of survival. With little available food in winter, and no recognisable food for birds used to grain diets, no shelter from the cold weather and risk of predation – their future is bleak.”
She added: “Dumping animals is legally and morally unacceptable.”
The friendly cat, named Reed after where he was found, has now been neutered, vaccinated, chipped and treated, and is up for adoption.
The anonymous member of the public who found the animals said: “If anybody can’t cope with any animals they have, please don’t dump them - it’s not fair on the animals or the people left to deal. Please contact the relevant authorities, charities or make an effort to rehome them yourself.”
If anyone has any information about where the animals came from, or if they would like to offer Reed a home call 0300 1234 999.