The RSPCA is appealing for information after two rabbits in ‘terrible condition’ were dumped on a patch of woodland next to a 60mph road in Sheffield.
The white Lionheads were in a poor state, had faeces clumped around their back ends and one of them had severely overgrown teeth.
They were abandoned on Tuesday morning (28 February) on Woodhead Road, Grenoside.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Jennie Ronksley said: “Luckily for the rabbits, this is a spot where lots of people dump litter and as such a member of the public was keeping an eye out.
“The witness noticed a man get out of a silver Vauxhall Astra with a blue recycling box, returning seconds later with it.
“Thinking the man had behaved strangely, the witness went over to see what he had been upto and found the rabbits.”
The rabbits are still at a vets where the one with the long teeth will have them filed, and they will both be neutered, before they are moved to an RSPCA centre for rehoming.
“It could have been a very different story for them had the witness not seen something that pricked their attention and gone to investigate,” said DCI Ronksley.
“The man who dumped them showed a complete disregard for the welfare of these rabbits and I’m appealing for anyone who knows who he is to get in touch.
“The rabbits had clearly been neglected for some considerable time, and if that isn’t bad enough, they were then abandoned, loose, next to a 60mph road.”
Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for DCI Ronksley.
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