A tiny kitten cheated death after he was snatched from his foster mother at an animal shelter.

RSPCA staff in Rochdale have now named him Lucky after he was rescued dehydrated and with less than 24 hours to live.

Security is to be stepped up at the Redcross Street shelter after two women showed an interest in the four-week-old kitten.

They were told he was too young but 30 minutes later staff found a door had been forced and Lucky was missing.

He was found by a concerned supporter of the charity by chance and has made a swift recovery from the ordeal.

Jean Spencer, from the shelter, said: “If he hadn’t been found in 48 hours he would have been dead.

“It is absolutely disgusting that someone could take such a vulnerable animal.

“We are going to have a fundraising appeal to have some cameras installed.”