Clover the kitten - who was found terrified and dumped in a tied up plastic carrier bag in a Burton street - is enjoying life in her new home with a loving family.
The 10-month-old cat was first spotted by the nephew of Kerry Clarke, a 29-year-old mum from Burton.
He had been walking along Carver Road, in Horninglow, one night when he heard faint crying and a carrier bag with holes in it moving around the pavement.
Ms Clarke said that when he discovered the kitten inside, he went to set it free but she followed him home.
He walked through his aunt's door and told her: "I've got you a present," and when she saw the tiny kitten she couldn't believe her eyes.
She said: "He told me he'd got me a kitten and I told him to shut up, I thought he was having me on. She had a collar on, although it wasn't a collar, it was material and it was really tight and she was bleeding."
Kerry got in touch with Burton's RSPCA branch because Clover was riddled with fleas. She said: "I ended up telling them I would keep her. The kids woke up in the morning and fell in love with her – it made sense.
"I think her previous owner noticed she had fleas and couldn't be bothered to treat her. They obviously didn't want her to die otherwise they wouldn't have put holes in the carrier bag.
"I'm a single mum of four kids. I took her to the vet the day after the RSPCA came out and said we could keep her and I got her checked over and she got chipped, I think it cost £19 altogether."
She said Clover was loving life in her new home, and had taken a liking to the family's pet rabbit.
"She goes into the kid's bedroom and sits at the end of my daughter’s bed with the rabbit. She tries to play with it. She loves it here now. She gets loads of fuss."
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