The decomposed bodies of four cats have been found in bin bags in a Derbyshire village.
A member of the public made the grim discovery in woodland in Nottingham Lane, Riddings, on Tuesday and contacted the police who then alerted the RSPCA.
Two of the cats - one a tabby and the other possibly a tortoiseshell - were wearing black and white collars. A skull and bones of another two cats were also found.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Leafe said: "The bodies of the two whole cats were scanned for microchips but nothing was found. We can’t tell at this stage how they died but it seems very odd that they were all in separate bin bags.
"We don’t know how long they have been there for. The bin bags had all been ripped open, possibly by wildlife, which is how a member of the public found them.
"This is very sad and these cats could be much-loved family pets who have gone missing. We are urging anyone who has any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018."