Seven guinea pigs dumped in fly-tipping hotspot

The RSPCA is appealing for information after seven young guinea pigs were dumped in a ‘fly tipping’ hotspot.

The animal welfare charity, which is now caring for the guinea pigs is appealing for information after the small furries were abandoned in Osterley Land, Southall on Friday April 26.

They were found in a cardboard box by a dog walker whose dogs sniffed out the guinea pigs and alerted their owner. The kind passer-by then took the guinea pigs to the nearby RSPCA Southall Clinic.

Inspector Mike Bearman, who is now investigating, said: “The guinea pigs were left in a box in a lane near Osterley Park in an area that has become a fly-tipping hotspot. These seven guinea pigs were dumped among the rubbish but luckily, they were found by a kind member of the public – otherwise this could have had a very different ending.

“There is never an excuse to abandon an animal as there are always options available to people who feel they cannot cope. As there were so many young guinea pigs dumped together, it looks likely this was a result of over-breeding and the situation had become out of control. It’s incredibly important to see help if something like this happens and remember to neuter your pets to avoid unwanted letters.”

The guinea pigs were checked over by a vet and all seem to be fit and healthy. They are now being cared for by the RSPCA Middlesex North West South Hertfordshire branch where they will later be rehomed.

If you have any information on how the guinea pigs came to be abandoned, you can contact the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.