Wednesday 23 April 2014

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after 17 degus were found dumped in woodland in the Ringland area of Newport on Saturday (19 April 2014).

The animals were found in a filthy cage at the end of Edward German crescent by a member of the public who was on an early morning walk with his dogs.

The degus were found in a filthy cage

The degus ranged from three-week-old babies to adults and seemed to be in good health, apart from one who had a tail injury which had to be amputated by a vet following an examination.

RSPCA Inspector Christine McNeil said: “Someone has deliberately dumped these animals without a second thought for their welfare. They have allowed them to breed uncontrollably and just thrown them out like rubbish when they have tired of them. Fortunately they were found before anything bad happened.

“We are trying to trace the owner and would ask anyone who thinks they know where the degus came from to call the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018 in confidence.

“Despite their ordeal the degus are friendly and a delight to meet and hopefully we will be able to rehome them to responsible loving homes soon so they can will have a happier future.”

The degus are friendly and hopefully will go to loving new homes

Degus originate from Chile and live for about six to seven years. They must be provided with the correct accommodation, environment and food including being kept at the right temperature as they cannot sweat and are susceptible to heat stroke and draughts. More information about degu care can be found at:

The degus are being cared for at RSPCA Newport animal centre. To find out how to rehome an animal from them please call 0300 123 0744 or email or visit

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