BRIDGWATER NEWS: Bunny rabbits dumped on doorstep
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after 10 rabbits were dumped in a plastic box in Bridgwater.
The animal welfare charity was contacted by a member of the public who had found the rabbits abandoned on their doorstep in Lime Tree Close on Friday (October 27, 2017).
The rabbits, one adult female with six babies, and three juveniles, had been left in a cramped plastic box with a bottle feeder attached to the outside. They have now been taken to RSPCA Brent Knoll Animal Centre where staff are giving them the care they deserve.
RSPCA inspector Marie Griffiths said: “There is never an excuse for abandoning an animal. There are charities and organisations that offer help and support to animal-owners who find themselves in difficulty or are no longer able to cope with caring for their pets
“We also urge anyone thinking of having rabbits as pets to research about how they need to look after them first and ensure they are able to meet all their welfare needs throughout their lives.
“Sadly they are often bought as a child’s first pet can often be abandoned when the owners become bored or no longer want them.
“Many people do not realise how complex rabbits can be to care for, and we see many come into our centres after owners have not provided them with what they need to be kept happy and healthy.
“Owning and caring for rabbits can be great fun and very rewarding, but it’s a big responsibility and a long-term commitment in terms of care and cost.”
In 2016, RSPCA centres up and down the country received a total of 1,029 abandoned small furries which includes rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, degus, rats, ferrets, gerbils, and mice.
Rabbits have the biggest cases of abandonments with 477 in 2016.
The RSPCA urges people to consider adopting rabbits in need of homes before looking to pet shops. To find out more about rescue animals looking for homes, visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet. If you have any information on how the rabbits came to be abandoned please call the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.