The RSPCA is caring for three rats who were abandoned in a dirty cage just before a thunderstorm in Wigan.
A member of the public spotted the cage, which was open with the rats loose in the bushes, down a country lane in Cobbs Brow Lane, Wigan on Saturday 13 June.
Thankfully, the kind caller managed to catch the rats and stay with them until the RSPCA Inspector, Joanne McDonald arrives, who is now investigating how the rodents came to be abandoned.
Joanne said: “These poor rats were dumped in a disgusting and smelly cage which was far too small for the three children. There was no bedding or food in the cage when they were found, and the food had been left open, so the rats were actually running loose.
“The night they were rescued there were severe thunderstorms, so they were extremely lucky that they were found when they were. We understand that people’s circumstances may change which means they can no longer care for their pet, but we would urge owners not to abandon their pets. Instead please reach out for help from friends or family, or charities like ourselves.”
The three male rats were taken to the RSPCA Manchester and Salford branch where they are now receiving lots of TLC. They have been named Zoot, Lee and Dell.
Susie Hughes, branch manager, said: “The boys are quite cheeky and friendly but sadly they are a little underweight, so we are now working on getting them back up to a healthy weight. It’s great to see them looking happy and content and a world away from the rancid smelling cage they were found in.”
If anyone has any information about how these rats came to be abandoned contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.