Six cats were left on a Newport dock in the middle of the night and now one local shelter is offering a reward to anyone with information that can lead to a suspect.

The Potter League for Animals recently shared the story of these cats on Facebook.

Apparently the six cats were found on the Newport Shipyard Docks inside two lobster crates.

The felines had been left there overnight and had no access to food or water for an undetermined amount of time.

They say the incident happened on December 22, 2017 and they are now offering an up to $2000 reward for anyone with information that can lead to the identification, arrest and conviction of the people responsible.

Sadly one of the cats escaped after they had been found on the dock and has still not been located.

The five remaining cats are being cared for at the Potter League for Animals in Middletown.

The shelter told NBC 10 that the cats did not seem to be taken care of at the time they were abandoned. They were all covered in flea dirt and scabs and some were underweight and suffered from extreme hair loss.

No word on when or if the cats would be available for adoption, but anyone who may know anything about the cats can contact the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (RISPCA) at (401) 438-8150, x6 or email at cruelty@rispca.com.