The RSPCA is appealing for information after 17 canaries were dumped in a sealed-up box at the side of a rural road in Nottinghamshire.
A member of the public found the birds at the side of Blidworth Waye, in Papplewick, on Tuesday last week (1 March). The box they were in had been sealed and was wet-through following wet weather.
RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Karen Brannan said: “We don’t know for sure how long they were there for, but they were in a bad way as they had been left with no food, water or perch. The box had been sealed shut and there were no air-holes to give the birds oxygen.
“They were very cold and were all huddled up together, standing in their own faeces. It was so sad to see and I am so glad that they were found when they were. There is a good chance that whoever abandoned them did so with the thought that they would not be found, as they were in a rural area which does not attract a lot of people. Additionally, no food, water or air-holes could have left them to die a horrible slow death.
“It is very lucky that wildlife did not get to them before they were found. They have had a lucky escape and there is no way they would have survived on their own like this if this kind passer-by had not stopped to help, especially in the weather we have had recently.”
The birds are now being cared for at an RSPCA branch in South Yorkshire which has specialist aviary facilities.
AWO Brannan said: “It is not acceptable to abandon animals in this way, whatever species they may be. Someone must know who these canaries belonged to as it is a large number of canaries. I am urging anyone who knows any information about the canaries to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
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