The RSPCA is appealing for information after two baby rabbits were abandoned near a landfill in Stoke-on-Trent.

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A man contacted the animal welfare charity after spotting the domestic pets – thought to be aged around three months old – on land near to Newford Valley Landfill, in Sneyd Green, on Thursday last week (11 August).

Both bunnies – one brown and one grey – were emaciated, dehydrated and had diarrhea. Sadly, the brown rabbit was very poorly and died later that day. The remaining rabbit, who has been named Thumper, is now being cared for by one of the vet nurses who treated him.Rabbit2.jpg

Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Jenny Bethel said: “The condition that the rabbits were in, and the location where they were found, do lead us to believe that they were deliberately abandoned. They were very vulnerable and it is horrible to think what could have happened to them if they were not found.”

The abandonment comes just weeks after the RSPCA released figures which showed that animals are more likely to be abandoned during the summer months, with one animal being dumped every hour in June, July and August.

ACO Bethel said that it is important for people to get their animals neutered to avoid unwanted litters. She said: “We always advise people to get their pets neutered, as every year the RSPCA sees an increase in the number of young animals that come into our care at this time of year after unplanned pregnancies result in unwanted litters.”

Anyone who has any information on how the rabbits came to be abandoned 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 rescuing abandoned animals and our hospitals in treating them please visit www.rspca.org.uk/abandonment and tweet your support: #NeverAlone. You can also donate by texting HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)