The RSPCA is investigating after a pet owner found her two rabbits with badly broken legs.
The devastated owner took the rabbits straight to the vet after the horrifying discovery at her home in Coppice Side, Swadlincote, on Sunday, 17 July. The vet then contacted the RSPCA as they believed that the injuries had been deliberate.
Sadly, both of the rabbits – named Storm and Coco – were so seriously injured that the decision was made to put them to sleep to prevent further suffering.
RSPCA inspector Nicola Johnson, who is investigating, said: “The owner is broken-hearted at what has happened, and understandably. The rabbits seemed fine the evening before and were safely in their hutches, which were locked.
“The following morning, one of the rabbits was on the floor by the back door and the second rabbit was in the wrong hutch. Both of them had badly broken legs.
“Sadly, we do believe that this may have been done deliberately, as the rabbit who was in the wrong hutch could not have got in there themselves, particularly with the injuries that he had.
“These rabbits were very much cared for by the owner and she has been left devastated by what has happened.
“We are urging anyone who has any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
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