CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) _ Charlestown police are looking for the person who abandoned 14 kittens in a sealed box on the side of a road.

Police say the kittens were in poor health when they were found Saturday morning along Kings Factory Road. A local resident who heard the kittens crying found them in a cardboard box that had been taped shut and called police.

The town's animal control officer says the kittens were close to death and covered with urine and feces. They had matted fur and were infested with fleas.

Police say the kittens are now eating and drinking and are expected to survive.

Anyone with information on who may have abandoned the kittens is asked to call Charlestown police.

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