The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead rabbit and two thin rabbits were dumped out with the bins on a Leeds street.
The dead rabbit was in a pet carrier beside a hutch. The surviving rabbits were running loose.
A member of the public spotted them on Regent Crescent in Horsforth on Monday (26 October) and managed to catch them before calling the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Jo Hartley said: “These rabbits were literally dumped out like rubbish, with the bins. This is a despicable way to treat animals.
“One of the rabbits was dead, the two others are thin and could easily have come to grief. If it hadn’t been for the members of the public spotting and catching them they wouldn’t have survived.
“I don’t know if they escaped from the hutch or were released.”
The dead rabbit was white with grey ears. The rabbit was in a filthy blue pet carrier with a white wire top. It also contained a food bowl and some dry rabbit food and a water bottle.
The hutch contained a bowl of clean water.
The two surviving rabbits are both black and white. They were taken to a local private boarding establishment where they’re now being cared for.
“We are appealing for anyone with information about who owns these rabbits to get in touch. Please call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018,” said inspector Hartley.
The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).