THREE dogs and two cats rescued following the death of their elderly owner are in desperate need of new homes.

The animals are described as "very sweet despite their circumstances" by Sindie Sinclair, who is now caring for them at Greenacres rescue centre at Badsey, near Evesham.

They have all been treated by a vet. An elderly cat had to be put to sleep as she was suffering from dehydration.

During the week leading up to their discovery, the animals had been fed by a neighbour following the death of their 71-year-old owner who had lost his battle against throat cancer.

"I was called to the house - which was in a most appalling condition - and collected the cats and dogs which I immediately took to the vet," said Sindie.

"The cats had been kept in one room for the past year and it absolutely stank so I was pleased to remove them.

"Both the ginger and tabby are doing well and will be ready to settle into a new home."

The three dogs, which are all bitches, included a 10-year-old whippet-cross, called Kim, a two-year-old Springer Spaniel, called Sheba and Ebony a younger black collie-cross.

"Unfortunately, Kim is due to have one of her front legs amputated as I found out from her vet she was involved in a road accident eight years ago and, since then, the leg has completely seized up.

"She will be convalescing with us after the operation but it would be wonderful to find her a happy, caring home.

"Sheba is in a fair condition after being treated for a bite to her ear and Ebony, who has a white flash on her chest, is also in a fair condition but needs worming.

"All the dogs are very sweet-natured despite the circumstances they were found in and all deserve a good home."

If you can offer Kim, Sheba, Ebony or either of the two cats a home, ring Greenacres Animal Rescue Centre on 01386 833972.