A dog discovered two kittens and their mother abandoned inside of a cardboard box during a game of fetch at the park.
Sharon Smith was at a park in Middlesbrough, England, when her dog, Vader, found a cardboard Doritos box in the bushes.
“I knew it must be something important because she’d left her ball behind and she’s crazy about her ball,” Smith said, according to Mashable.
Vader nudged the box and whined until Smith decided to take it home and open it.
“When I pulled off the tape and opened the box, I saw the cat and kittens inside and I was shocked,” Smith said. “They were terrified. It was a small box for them; it was just heartbreaking. It's disgusting that anyone would dump them like that.”
The kittens are about 8 weeks old, and their mother is between 1 and 2 years of age, according to Mashable.
RSPCA official Emma Stainthorpe said the box was “very small” and “soiled with urine.”
“The mother cat was not microchipped, so we do not know who her owner is,” Stainthorpe said. “She is friendly, so it would appear she’s been handled and was someone’s pet.
"It’s really important that people get their cats neutered if they do not want kittens."
The cats were placed in the care of the RSPCA, and Vader was awarded with new toys.
“Thank goodness for Vader; she really is a hero,” Smith said. “I’ve given her three new tennis balls as a treat for finding the kittens as she was so focused on the box she lost her ball.”