FOUR kittens have been rehomed after they were dumped at the side of the road in Portglenone.
The black and white kittens were found in a box behind a hedge by good samaritan, Darren McFetridge.
Darren had been out on Thursday evening (July 5) walking his dogs around 7pm in Portglenone Forest.
He went into the forest with his two dogs and around half an hour later when he was returning to his car he saw two of the kittens wandering around the road.
Speaking to the Guardian, Darren said he immediately started looking for more kittens.
On closer inspection he found two more kittens in a box behind the hedge.
"The cardboard box they were in seemed fresh as if it hadn't been there that long," Darren explained.
"I think whoever dumped the kittens has possibly done it in the time that I was in the forest because I would have noticed them on my way in.
"I think it is really sad that people will do this to poor, defenceless animals.
"It would have taken the person five minutes to bring them to a vets and they would have been rehomed without a shadow of a doubt."
Despite the kittens being left at the spot on the Gortgole Road they appeared to have been unharmed and 'perfectly healthy'.
Darren waited on a friend to come and meet him where he found the kittens so they could transport them to Parklands Vets.
The vets confirmed to the Ballymena Guardian that all four kittens were rehomed by the following morning.
A staff member at the vets said: "All the kittens were perfectly healthy and they have now gone to a good home."