Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:35

Rabbits Abandoned In Lay-By

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two pet rabbits were discovered next to a lay-by in Fife. 

The Scottish SPCA were alerted on Saturday (21) March after a member of the public spotted the animals hopping near Cullaloe Nature Reserve.  

The pair are now in the care of the The Scottish SPCA's Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre where they have been named Jasper and Conrad.

Senior Inspector Steven Gray said, "Although Jasper and Conrad were not left in a box or cage, it's very unlikely they would end up in such a remote area unless they were abandoned.

"It's possible they have been out in the wild for a several days as they both had a few injuries and would have been at risk from other animals.

"Both Jasper and Conrad were very scared when I went to rescue them and it's clear they weren't used to living in this environment.

"Domestic rabbits don't have the same survival skills as wild rabbits and could easily come to harm on the road or even die of starvation.  

"If someone has abandoned them it is a very cruel and irresponsible act as they couldn't be sure Jasper and Conrad would be found.

"We'll continue to look after the pair until we can find them the home they deserve."

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 the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.

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