The RSPCA is appealing for information after three gerbils were dumped in their cages at a notorious rural fly-tipping spot in Hutton Rudby, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire.
The gerbils were found at 9am yesterday (Wednesday 18 January) and the RSPCA called.
RSPCA inspector Clare Wilson said: “There were two young gerbils – one sandy coloured, one grey and white – in one cage and an adult ginger-coloured gerbil with only half a tail in another.
“They had food and water and are in good condition. The adult gerbil’s missing tail wasn’t a new injury.
“As the bedding wasn’t wet I don’t think they had been there for long.”
The gerbils have now been taken to RSPCA Great Ayton Animal Centre in Middlesbrough where they will be cared for until a new home can be found for them. Anyone who is interested in offering them a forever home should contact the centre by calling 0300 123 0743.
RSPCA inspector Wilson said: “I want to appeal to anyone who might know who these gerbils belonged to or who has any information to come forward.
“Dumping any animal is illegal and I dread to think what could have happened if these gerbils if they had not been found quickly. At this time of year, with frosts likely, and in a rural location this was an incredibly irresponsible thing to do.”
Anyone with any information should call the inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for inspector Wilson.
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