The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information after TWO hamsters were found abandoned at a Merthyr Tydfil property.
Officers from the animal welfare charity were contacted after a shocked member of the public found a hamster on their doorstep at 9.20am on Tuesday (9 October), on Tramroad Terrace in the South Wales town.
There was a little bit of sawdust in the Groundwork-branded box, but no food or drink. The words “hamster inside” were scrawled across the top of the cardboard box.
Shockingly, the following day, the member of the public found another hamster at their property – which it is believed escaped from the box.
Both hamsters are now in the care of the RSPCA – and appear to be doing well.
RSPCA has urged anyone with information about this abandonment to contact them. The Tramroad Terrace resident has no idea by whom, or why, the hamsters were left on their doorstep.
Julie Fadden, RSPCA inspector, said: “This is a very strange abandonment, with these hamsters seemingly left on the doorstep, but the resident having no idea why anyone would have done this.
“It seems the hamster found on the second day had escaped the box; but thankfully both are now doing well in RSPCA care.
“The poor hamsters were dumped with a small amount of sawdust, and no food or water. An unattributable message – ‘hamster inside’ – was scribbled atop the box.
“Fortunately, we were able to rescue the hamsters and take them into our care. Anyone with information as to who may have done this, or who owns the hamsters, is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
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