The RSPCA is appealing for information after five guinea pigs were found abandoned in a cardboard box in Littlemore, writes Adam Withnall.
The box was left on a footpath near Heyford Hill and contained a pregnant female, a male, and three juveniles. The guinea pigs were discovered at around 1pm on Tuesday, February 7, by a passing member of public who was out walking their dog. The pet alerted its owner to noise coming from the cardboard box.
The dog walker looked inside the box and, discovering the abandoned animals, took them home and contacted the RSPCA. The guinea pigs were picked up by RSPCA animal collection officer Dennis Lovell.
He said: “These poor little guinea pigs had been left out in very cold conditions and had they not been found they could have soon perished as they had no water or food in the box. I just feel so disheartened when we get calls to say that people have just abandoned their animals.
“When people do this, how do they know if the animal is indeed going to be found? Or survive the elements? People who have pets should take responsibility for them, it is not acceptable to just go around dumping them when you get fed up, and it is an offence. These guinea pigs are now in RSPCA care and a colleague who runs a guinea pig rescue is looking after them – hopefully we can find them loving new permanent homes soon.”
Anyone with information as to who might own the guinea pigs should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999. Those interested in providing a home for one of the animals should call 07734 329485.