We are appealing for information after four kittens were discovered at the side of the Forth and Clyde Canal just west of Twechar.
We were alerted to the incident after a member of the public found the kittens on 5 July.
Scottish SPCA inspector Jack Marshall said, “We’re unsure if these kittens have been abandoned or are strays. However, if they are strays, it’s a very strange location to find them in due to how remote it is.
“The kittens are black and white.
“Sadly, one of the kittens had already passed away by the time they were discovered and the other three were in poor body condition.
“They have been checked by a vet and are now at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where they are receiving the care they need. They are not currently available for rehoming.
“We appreciate that the person who left these kittens may have intended for the animals to be found but this is not the right way to give up any animal if you can no longer care for them.
“If anyone is struggling to care for an animal and needs advice and support, or recognises these kittens, we would ask that they contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”