A kitten was rescued from a group of teenagers who were allegedly trying to drown him in a bucket.

A member of the public then took the kitten to Medivet in Kentish Town where he was treated for his injuries.

They claimed that they had rescued the kitten from an estate in Stoke Newington on May 16 after finding a group of about five teenagers attempting to drown him in a bucket.

A vet who examined the kitten found that his injuries were consistent with attempted drowning. The pet has since been re-homed.

RSPCA Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) Nicola Thomas said: “It’s very concerning that this poor kitten appears to have gone through a traumatising ordeal.

“He’s since been treated by vets and has thankfully fully recovered.

“However, we want to find out who put this kitten through this terrifying ordeal in order to stop it from happening to another defenceless animal.

“Witnessing an act of cruelty against an animal is a very distressing and upsetting situation to find yourself in and it can be difficult to know what to do.

“Our advice would be to make a mental note of the location and time and a description of the person if possible and report this to the RSPCA’s cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

“The call taker will then be able to give you further advice and talk through the information they need. 

“Any further advice would largely depend on the individual situation. If a rapid response is required contact the police on 999 who would normally be able to respond much more quickly.”

Nicola added that she was keen to find any witnesses to the incident and would also like to speak to anyone who may know who the kitten – which was not microchipped – belonged to.

Anyone who thinks they can help has been urged to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.