The RSPCA is appealing for information after a seriously ill rabbit was dumped in a picnic basket outside a branch in Coventry.

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A man in a silver car was seen dumping the white rabbit by staff at the RSPCA branch in Coundon Wedge Drive at around 11am yesterday morning (Thursday).

The rabbit’s back legs were paralysed and he was covered in faeces.

Lorraine Bryan-Arnold, deputy manager at the branch, said: “We walked out the front of the reception to discover an awful sight. The poor rabbit was clearly in a very bad way – he should have seen a vet a long time ago.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this. This rabbit was in a terrible state.

“An emergency vet was called straightaway, but sadly the rabbit was so poorly that the vet felt the only option was to put the rabbit to sleep.”

Anyone who has any information about who dumped the rabbit should contact the RSPCA’s appeals line in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.

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.)