The RSPCA is asking people to come forward with information after nine baby pet rats were dumped on a pile of sawdust at the side of a road in Buckinghamshire.
The rats, thought to be less than a couple of weeks old, were found on a grass verge in Fairmile, Aylesbury, on Wednesday (21 September).
RSPCA inspector Stephanie Law said that the rats’ chance of survival without their mum is very slim. She said: “They are so young and their eyes aren’t even open yet.
“It could be that they were dumped with their mum and she has run off, but we also can’t rule out that somebody still has mum. It is so important that we reunite the baby rats with their mum if we can because at this young age, they depend on her for survival.
“The rats were dumped in a pile of sawdust, so it looks like someone just scooped them up out of a cage or a box with the sawdust then walked away. It is so sad as there is absolutely no way these baby rats could survive out there on their own and we are very grateful that they were found when they were.
“All pets deserve to be treated with respect and in a manner that minimises the risk of harm – whether they are dogs, cats or rats. Owners have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure the welfare of all their animals, including any young they might have.”
The rats are now in the RSPCA’s care. Anyone who has any information on who dumped the rats, or knows where the rats’ mother is, should contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.
To find out more about caring for pet rats please visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rodents/rats