RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after an unwell hamster was found in woodland in Duffryn.
The Syrian hamster was found in his cage on Friday (25 May) behind Mallard Way, Duffryn in Newport.
RSPCA inspector Selina Griffiths said: “The caller was kindly able to take the hamster home and await for us to arrive.
“This hamster was clearly not well as he had his eyes closed and was unable to open them properly.
“I took him to the vets, where he was found to have lumps all over his body and the vet was concerned about a large hard growth under his face.”
Sadly, the hamster was put to sleep on veterinary advice to prevent further suffering.
Inspector Griffiths added: “We’re appealing for information to try and find out what happened to this hamster and where he came from. The RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, and all calls are treated in confidence.”
If you have concerns about the welfare of an animal, please call the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999 to report the incident.
If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru carry out investigations such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.