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Appeal for information after rabbit abandoned in Hamilton

a black rabbit on a bed of hay

We are appealing for information after a rabbit was found in a wooded area near to the Hamilton service station on 13 November.

We were alerted to the incident at around 1pm after a member of the public discovered the female rabbit in a small cage on the ground.

This comes as calls to our helpline from people looking to give up pet rabbits have increased by 95% from 185 in 2021 to 360 year to date in 2022.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector, John Chisholm, said, “The rabbit is a female, black lionhead-type rabbit. Unfortunately, she is not microchipped.

“She had been left in a small, indoor-type cage with a clear plastic top part and a blue base with some hay and sweet potato.

a black rabbit sitting in a blue tray in woodland

“The door to the cage had been left open but thankfully the rabbit had not yet ventured out and the passer-by who found her was able to secure it until we could attend.

a black rabbit in a blue and clear plastic cage with some hay and sweet potato in woodland

“This rabbit is incredibly lucky that she was found. Although there are wild rabbits living in Scotland, this rabbit is a domesticated animal and would not have survived the elements and predators in the wild.

“We appreciate that the person who left the rabbit may have intended for the animal to be found but this is not the right way to give up an animal if you can no longer care for them

“Thankfully, she is unharmed and is now at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where she is receiving the care she needs.

“If anyone recognises this rabbit, we would ask that they contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”




If anyone is concerned about an animal, please do not hesitate to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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