The Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter said four kittens were found last week, trapped inside a bag near a hotel dumpster.
"They were found in a sealed garbage bag, in this cold," Carla Martinelli-Irvine, who heads up the no-kill animal shelter, told CBC News on Wednesday.
Martinelli-Irvine said the kittens almost didn't make it, but are recovering now.
CBC News said two of the four kittens have already found new homes.
Martinelli-Irvine said pets are found outside every winter, and advised people to bring pets into the shelter instead of abandoning them.
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