The RSPCA is appealing for information after seven baby rabbits and two adult rabbits were dumped in a crate in a layby down a country lane.
They were found by a member of the public in a layby in Withy Hill Road, Sutton Coldfield, in the early hours of Monday morning. Sadly, two of the baby rabbits died shortly after being found.
The seven surviving rabbits are now in the RSPCA’s care, where they are recovering from their ordeal.
RSPCA inspector Nicola Johnson said: “It is quite an isolated place for them to have been dumped as there are no houses nearby, so we can’t rule out that whoever dumped them presumably did so with the intention of them to not be found.
“They were dumped in a black dog crate which had nothing covering it, and the door was open. Whoever did this may have thought that the rabbits would be able to live in the wild, however domesticated rabbits would struggle to survive in that situation.
“We seem to be living in a throwaway society where people just dump young animals when they either don’t have the resources to care for them or don’t know how, or just don’t want to anymore. It is so upsetting to see.
“There is no excuse for abandoning any animal in this way. There are organisations like ourselves out there that can help when times get tough or when people face unexpected difficulties in life.”
Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018, and leave a message for Inspector Johnson.
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