Monday, 29 June 2015 06:57

Hamsters Dumped In Hedge

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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two hamsters, one of which was dead, were found in a garden in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish SPCA were alerted on Friday (26 June) when a resident of Melbourne Court in Eastriggs spotted one of the pets straying in their garden. A second hamster, which had sadly passed away, was then found within a small blue box in a hedge.

The surviving hamster is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA's animal rescue and rehoming centre in Ayr.

Inspector Gerry Laurie said, "We believe both hamsters were abandoned in the box and one escaped.

"This was a very cruel act and we are keen to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident.

"Thankfully the surviving hamster is doing well and we will soon find her a loving new home."

Abandoning and causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.

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