Seven rabbits have been rescued who were dumped in a box at the side of the road in Barkingside, Essex.
They were found inside a cramped cardboard box, the three adults and four babies were discovered by a dog walker on the side of the main road near Fairlop Waters, Barkingside on Sunday, January 20.
All of the rabbits are in a good condition and one of the adult females is pregnant.
The member of the public who spotted the grey and brown rabbits brought them home and contacted the RSPCA and Inspector Mitchell Smith collected them.
He said: “They are all really nice and friendly so have clearly been living in a home before they were abandoned, even the 12-week-old babies are friendly and don’t mind being picked up.
“There is never an excuse to abandon an animal in this way. It’s very chilly at the moment and these rabbits would have been open to the elements as well as any predators. These are domestic pets not wild rabbits who can fend for themselves.
“I collected them and took them to a boarding establishment to be looked after whilst we try and trace an owner. If an owner can not be found the rabbits will be rehomed.”
The RSPCA is now appealing for information. If anyone has any information about how these rabbits came to be abandoned, contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line, in strictest confidence, on 0300 123 8018.
In 2018, there were 857 incidents of abandoned rabbits reported to the charity’s cruelty line across England and Wales. In Essex, there were 31 incidents recorded of abandoned rabbits in the county last year.