RSPCA Cymru appeal for information to trace owner
Thursday 19 September 2013
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a rat was found dumped in a cage at the end of an alleyway in Newport.
A member of the public discovered the animal at around 12.45 on Monday (16/09/13) at the end of Milner Street, Liswerry and kept her until an RSPCA inspector could attend.
Initially it was thought that the black and white female rat was pregnant but following a veterinary examination it was discovered that she had a very large tumour on her abdomen. Sadly, following veterinary advice, the rat was put to sleep on welfare grounds.
The rat had a massive tumour
RSPCA officer Fiona Jackson said: “This poor rat had a massive tumour and was deliberately abandoned in an alleyway.
“It would have taken a while for the tumour to reach that size so somebody must have seen this animal suffering on a daily basis before dumping her as though she was rubbish. It would have cost just £12 to have her examined and put to sleep but instead the rat was left to suffer”.
Anyone with information can call the inspector information line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for 11777. All calls will be treated in confidence.
Causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and carries a maximum sentence of up to six months custody and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
The RSPCA is only able to investigate incidents like this thanks to donations from our supporters. If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866