Four day-old kittens were dumped in a black plastic bag and left to die.
Three of the young tabbies survived their ordeal after they were discovered by a dog walker in Bronington, near Whitchurch.
Sadly, the fourth died before the woman who found them was able to take them to Leonard Brothers Veterinary Centre in Whitchurch for care.
Staff at the centre will now care for the kittens for the next six weeks before hopefully finding them a home.
Louise Brooks, from the vets, said: “The kittens are absolutely adorable, they are so small and cute we just can’t believe anyone would dump them in a plastic bag.
“A lady had been out walking her dog and the dog actually sniffed out the bag they were in.
“They are so beautiful that she took them home and tried to help them through the night but sadly one died. They are all domestic moggies and were only a day old when found. Since then one of our nurses and vets have taken it in turns to take them home and bottle feed them each day.
“They have to be feed every few hours so they are getting up throughout the night. But they are so cute you can’t help but love them. They are so young they still have their umbilical cords and they can’t stop wriggling around, they love playing together.”
The one male and two female kittens weighed between 74 grams and 97 grams when they were found.
Ms Brooks said: “The male was the smallest at 74 grams but because we have now been feeding him he is up to 84 grams. One of the females has jumped from 84 grams to 109 while the other started at 97 grams and is now 116 .”
Anyone interested in rehoming the kittens can call (01948) 662424.