A three-month-old kitten has been found dumped on a doorstep in Glenrothes, Fife.
The Scottish SPCA has appealed for information after the black and white cat was found by a resident at Queen Margaret Drive on Thursday.
Now named Carlos, the kitten is being cared for at the charity's Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Petterden.
Senior inspector Steven Gray said: "Little Carlos is slightly nervous but is in good overall condition.
"It's extremely sad but we've seen a spate of kittens and cats being abandoned recently and this is completely unacceptable.
"As well as being a criminal offence, abandoning any animal is very irresponsible and the person who dumped Carlos couldn't have been sure that the person who found him would help him.
"The people in the house didn't notice anyone leaving him there but it's a fairly built up area so we're hoping someone will have seen something.
"If anyone can help us trace the person responsible for dumping Carlos we would urge them to contact us as soon as possible."
Anyone found guilty of abandoning an animal can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Information about this abandonment can be reported to our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
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