The RSPCA is appealing for information after five Guinea pigs – one of them a week old baby – were found dumped in a layby in Flaxby, Knaresborough.
A member of the public came across the vulnerable animals in the pull-in on the Grange on Monday 29 January and called the RSPCA.
It’s thought they were probably abandoned the night before in two cardboard boxes that had got wet in the rain, allowing them to escape.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Alan Farr said: “They were running around a patch of brambles so we had the difficult task of rounding them up.
“Two of my colleagues came to help and between us we managed to rescue them all.
“Temperatures dropped to zero not long after we got them tucked up safe and warm, which would have been disastrous for them, if they hadn’t been run over or eaten by something first. They were very lucky.
“We want to hear from anyone who knows who dumped these small, defenceless animals like this.”
Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for ACO Farr.
Happily, one of the adults – a female – and the baby have already been adopted.
The three other adults have been transferred to RSPCA Great Ayton Animal Centre and one of them – a female who has been called ‘Irene’ by staff – has already gone to a foster home. ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Watson’ – both males – will going up for rehoming next week. Anyone who is interested should contact the animal centre.
To help the RSPCA continue investigating incidents like this please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give