Rabbits dumped down country lane on Easter Monday

Three rabbits are on the loose after 17 were found abandoned down a country lane on Easter Monday.

The metal tops had come off the two cages that were dumped in Outwell near King's Lynn, Norfolk, and the rabbits had escaped.

A kind-hearted passer-by rounded up 12 rabbits to give to the RSPCA, but three others were too nervous and agile and ran away.

One of the rabbits dumped at Outwell, Norfolk on Easter Monday (RSPCA/ PA)
Some of the rabbits dumped at Outwell, Norfolk, on Easter Monday (RSPCA/ PA)

A further two were found dead.

Kathy Hornig, RSPCA animal welfare officer, said: "This is one of the most heartbreaking incidents I have been to in recent times.

"I think it was more upsetting given that they were dumped on Easter Monday - a day when people usually celebrate the Easter bunny, not treat them in such a callous way."

She said the two cages were damaged, filthy and full of urine and faeces.

The tops came off the cages that the rabbits were abandoned in at Outwell, Norfolk. (RSPCA/ PA)
The tops came off the cages that the rabbits were abandoned in at Outwell, Norfolk (RSPCA/PA)

Of the 12 rabbits caught, eight adults are in the care of the RSPCA Peterborough and District Branch and four babies, who were not with their mother, were taken to a fosterer until they are old enough to be rehomed.

The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information about the incident in Chalk Road, which was reported just before 10am on Easter Monday, to call its appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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