The RSPCA are making an appeal after seven rabbits were found dumped among fly-tipped rubbish.
One was dead in a cage, while the six others were scurrying around in Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire.
The rabbits were dumped along with their hutches, cages and bags of sawdust.
The animal charity is appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.
All the rabbits, four males and two females, were underweight, two of them had a flea infestation and another had overgrown teeth but they are all in our care now. Sadly one rabbit was found dead in a cage. “It is appalling how someone would just think to dump their pets like rubbish at the side of a road along with all the rabbit equipment. It seems to me that someone took on these pets and then decided they couldn’t cope with looking after them so just discarded them in such a callous way. I am appealing for anyone who knows who these rabbits belonged to or who saw anything suspicious in the area, as this is quite a busy commuter road, to get in touch.
The number of abandoned animals reported to the RSPCA last summer.
The rabbits are now in a foster home where they will remain until they are ready to be re-homed.