Two cats were discovered dumped in some woodland in an extremely small carrier with no water or cat food.
The male and female cats, who have been named Duchess and O’Malley, were found in Netherton, Wishaw, by a member of the public.
Duchess and O’Malley were then taken to the SSPCA's Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
Lorraine Alba, centre assistant manager, said, "Poor Duchess and O'Malley were left in a carrier which was far too small for them.
"It was very lucky they were found by a kind person who helped them as they didn't have any food or water available.
"Dumping them in such a remote spot was extremely cruel."
She added that the cats are now being cared for and they will soon be looking for a new home.
Abandoning animals is a criminal offence. Anyone found guilty of this crime can expect to be banned from keeping animals either for a fixed period or life.