A TINY black kitten was found soaking wet and abandoned at the side of a busy road.

The black cat was trapped in a cat carrier beside the A70 when a driver spotted him.

The four month old kitten was drenched from the rain between Cumnock and Muirkirk before being rescued by the good samaritans.

Now the Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation into the incident.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Sheena McTaggart said, “The kitten was discovered on the side of the A70 in a cat carrier.

“We are thankful to the member of the public who picked up the male cat and took him to the vet before alerting us to the incident.

“Apart from being soaking wet, he seems to be in good condition.

Cumnock Chronicle:

“He is around three to four months old and has a white patch on his chest.

"He is very friendly which would suggest he is used to human contact.

“We have named him Kirk because of where he was found.

“The team at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centre is providing him with the care he needs.

“He didn’t get there by accident so we would like to find out what happened.

“If anyone has any information, we would urge them to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.