THE RSPCA is searching for the owner of four rabbits brought to its Merthyr Clinic after a member of the public reported finding them abandoned near their home.

They were found in animal transportation boxes near High Street in the South Wales town. 

The rabbits –  fortunately all in good health – were found on 22 July; and all are female. None of the bunnies were microchipped

One of the abandoned pets was a harlequin rabbit, weighing 2kg (4.4lb); while another was a white rabbit with black and brown patches, weighing 1.3kg (2.9lb). The other two were brindle-coloured lop-eared bunnies, weighing 1.6kg and 1.7kg (3.5lb and 3.7lb). 

RSPCA Cymru has urged anyone who may know who owns the rabbits, or how they came to be dumped in Merthyr Tydfil, to get in touch. 

The RSPCA fears an increase in animal abandonments could be linked to cost of living pressures – with 19% of pet owners saying, as part of the charity’s recent Animal Kindness Index, that they had concerns about being able to feed their pets. 

Inspector Simon Evans said: “These poor bunnies were brought into our Merthyr Clinic, after a member of the public found them near their home in animal transport containers. 

“Fortunately, the rabbits are all in good condition with no welfare concerns – and are now at a boarding establishment while our enquiries continue. 

“As we bid to Cancel Out Cruelty this summer, sadly we too often receive reports of pets being abandoned. We know cost of living pressures are concerning for many animal owners, and our new Animal Kindness Index found almost one in five are concerned about feeding their animals, but abandonment is never the answer. 

“Obviously, we’re keen to find out exactly what happened to these four bunnies – and how they came to be found in Merthyr like this. We’d urge anyone with information to call our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.” 

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