The RSPCA is appealing for information after two rabbits were abandoned by the side of the road in London.
The female dwarf rabbits were found by a member of the public in a cage at about 9am on Thursday (21 February) in Tylecroft Road, Streatham.
It is unknown how long the rabbits had been dumped before they were found, but they were discovered sitting in their own mess and with very little water. There was also a bag of food and bedding next to the Guinea Pig type cage where they were found but no note.
RSPCA Inspector Dale Grant, who is investigating, said: “These poor rabbits were found abandoned by the side of the road as though they had been dumped like rubbish. Thankfully, a member of the public found them and took them home before contacting us to report it.
“We often find that rabbits are bought as a child’s first pet and when the novelty wears off sadly the rabbits can be forgotten or discarded. There is never an excuse to abandon an animal in this way. We understand that people’s circumstances can change but there are always charities and organisations available to help – dumping your pets is not the solution. These are domestic rabbits and would not survive in the wild, so they were very lucky that they were found when they were.
“The rabbits are fairly healthy, but they do have overgrown claws which need trimming. The pair are really friendly and well-handled, from their temperament and the kind of cage they were left in, it looks like they could have been house rabbits. We are now appealing for anyone with information on how these rabbits came to be abandoned to contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
The rabbits were taken to RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital in London for care. If no owner comes forward, they will be rehomed.