Rabbit left by the bins ‘like rubbish’

The RSPCA is investigating after a rabbit was dumped ‘like rubbish’ by bins in Bristol.

The animal welfare charity was alerted by a member of the public who initially noticed the cage and thought it was empty but then saw the rabbit inside.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Simon Coombs went out to Shannaways Close on Wednesday (13 January) to collect the poor rabbit.

Simon said: “A woman spotted the cage and assumed someone was getting rid of an old or unused hutch but then she spotted the little bunny inside. He’d been abandoned by the bins like rubbish, clearly unwanted. Unfortunately, this is something we see all too often when owners can’t care for their pets anymore. It’s heartbreaking.”

The rabbit was found inside a red and white plastic and wire cage with a metal bowl and straw inside. Simon is now appealing for information in order to trace the people responsible for abandoning him.

Simon added: “We understand that things are tough right now and that people’s circumstances can change at any time but it’s not acceptable to abandon an animal in this way. If you’re struggling, please ask for help. And if you recognise this bunny or know where he/she may have come from, please contact our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

The bunny – a black and white male – is now being cared for by RSPCA Bristol Animal Rescue Centre where staff have named him Piccolo. If he isn’t claimed, then he’ll soon be available for rehoming.