Two rabbits die after being abandoned
Two other rabbits and two guinea pigs also dumped
The RSPCA is appealing for information after four rabbits and two guinea pigs were found dumped in a field in Dorset.
The six animals were found at around 4pm on Tuesday 18 November on a track near a locked gate not far from The Cock and Bottle Inn, East Morden, Wareham.
One rabbit had already died and another was emaciated and so poorly that it had to be put to sleep at a vet surgery.
The other four animals – a ginger and white and a black and white guinea pig, a lop-eared rabbit and a brown short haired rabbit – are recovering after receiving veterinary treatment.
RSPCA inspector Graham Hammond said: “Without the quick thinking and kindness of the person who called us all of the animals would have perished.
“They had just been left there to fend for themselves and domestic rabbits and guinea pigs cannot just survive in the wild.”
The surviving rabbits and guinea pigs are being cared for at the RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre.
Anyone who has any information about this incident should contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
Recent RSPCA figures show that the charity received 350 reports of animals being abandoned in Dorset between January and October 2014.
The RSPCA is a charity and relies on donations to exist. If you would like to help the RSPCA to investigate incidents like this one please text HELP to 78866 to donate £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network rate message).