The RSPCA is appealing for information after the bodies of six domestic rabbits were found dumped in plastic bags in a litter bin in Paignton.


A council worker made the grisly discovery yesterday morning (27 November) in St Michaels Park.  The bodies had been put in four supermarket carrier bags.


The RSPCA South Devon branch animal collection officer, Chris Inman, attended and collected the bodies from the council depot.


The rabbits all had blood coming from their noses and mouths apart from one which was missing part of its head.  It is thought that the rabbits died some time on Saturday or Sunday as they were not decomposed.


There were three tan-coloured rabbits with dark markings, one dark grey and the other two were black.


RSPCA chief inspector Neil Thomas said:  “We don’t know how these rabbits died although they may have suffered blows to the head.


“There is a significant chance that these poor rabbits suffered before they died and we need to know what happened to them.  We’d like to hear from their owner or anyone who thinks they know who the owner is.”


Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300123 8018.  Calls are treated in confidence.


If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message)