The RSPCA is appealing for information after six guinea pigs – four of which were young babies – were dumped in a box at the side of the road.
A member of the public found the abandoned animals in Barthomley Road, in Audley, Stoke-on-Trent, on Thursday morning last week (29 June).
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “They were just dumped at the side of the road in a cardboard box. There was some hay in the box, but that was all.
“One of the adult guinea pigs is pregnant, so whether that was why someone decided to dump them we’re not sure – but there is never an acceptable excuse for abandoning animals.
“It’s heartbreaking that there are irresponsible people dump animals when they are no longer wanted rather than turning to us or other rescues to ask for help. Animals should not be left to helplessly fend for themselves in the wild where they are unlikely to make it.”
The RSPCA is now appealing for information on how they came to be dumped in the area. Anyone who recognises the guinea pigs or who may have seen someone abandoning them should contact the charity’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
The guinea pigs are now being looked after in the RSPCA’s care.
Every year, the RSPCA is called out to rescue hundreds of animals across England and Wales after their owners abandon them and, in many cases, leave them for dead. For more information visit www.rspca.org.uk/abandonment.
The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)