The RSPCA is appealing for information after three small rabbits were dumped on the bank of the River Mersey in Manchester.
They were soaked in their own urine and were left in a sodden box, before being spotted by a dog-walker who called the RSPCA.
Inspector Nadine Pengilly went out to collect the three rabbits, which were discovered on 31 January close to Micklehurst Avenue, in West Didsbury.
“The poor things were absolutely soaking wet and they were all very cold. I don’t know how long they had been there for, but if they were left out for much longer they would have died. “To dump these little rabbits like this is heartless. If somebody is struggling to cope with their animals they should ask for help rather than simply abandon them in a cardboard box.”
One of the rabbits was believed to be approximately six weeks old, while the other two were about two weeks old. They are believed to be lionhead or lionhead cross types.
They were taken to the RSPCA Altrincham branch where trustee Jo Yoli hand-reared them throughout the night and since.
She said: “They’re not out of the woods yet, but they’ve completed their course of medication so I’m hopeful that they will be okay.
“Because the little ones were so weak when they were found they needed feeds every couple of hours. They’re not all from the same litter, but they could have the same mum as rabbits have a gestation period of about just four weeks."
Anyone who has any information about who may have abandoned the rabbits can leave a message for Inspector Pengilly by calling 0300 123 8018.