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Family of nine rabbits dumped in a country park wheelie bin

A family of rabbits were found dumped in a wheelie bin in Bestwood Country Park as an animal charity raises fears around people giving up pets because of the cost of living crisis.

The RSPCA is now appealing for information following the dumping.

The two adult rabbits and seven young rabbits were found in a bin in the country park’s car park on Sunday, October 30 at 2pm by a member of the public having a walk.

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RSPCA inspector Keith Ellis picked the rabbits up from the member of the public, and said: “We know times are tough at the moment for everyone but the answer is never to dump an animal and especially not in a bin where they may never have been found.

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“If anyone does recognise these bunnies they can ring the RSPCA confidentially on 0300 123 8018.”

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Sadly the RSPCA has reported a large increase – 49% – in rabbits coming into its care in the first half of 2022. While the charity’s new Animal Kindness Index found 28% of owners are worried about being able to care for their pets.

Keith added: “With more people struggling, we expect more animals will be neglected and abandoned by owners who can no longer afford to care for them. And with fuel and energy costs rising, the cost of rescuing and caring for animals continues to increase too.

“Please don’t let animals pay the price of the cost of living crisis this Christmas.

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