Rats found in cage dumped near railway tracks were ‘scared, hungry and extremely thirsty’

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 28, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

A cage of underweight rats was found dumped close to the railway tracks in Corsham.

The discovery was made by a family who had been out for a Saturday stroll and the RSPCA has appealed to the public for information.

The animal welfare charity was alerted to the rats on Saturday, August 12.

The open cage was found on a patch of grass close to the Ladbrook Lane railway bridge.

The brown and white female rats were cowering at the back of the cage, with no food or water.

The area where the rates were discovered

The area where the rates were discovered

There was an empty water bottle laid down on top the cage and when it was filled up with water both rats drank ravenously, which indicated they were extremely thirsty.

RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor said: “I think that it is appalling to dump animals in such a way without any regard for their welfare. Domestic pets are not able to survive in the wild and these pet rats were obviously petrified at being left out to fend for themselves. They were scared, hungry and extremely thirsty.

“If they had not been found I have no doubt they would not have survived the night as they would have been so easily predated on. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to fail to meet the needs of an animal and clearly these poor rats were failed in every way when they were callously dumped like rubbish.

“Despite their ordeal both of these rats have proven to be very friendly girls and I can’t understand how someone could allow them to potentially suffer when with a bit of effort and patience I’m sure space could have been found somewhere for them.”

The underweight rats were incredibly thirsty and were renamed Blackberry and Marshmallow by the children who found them

The underweight rats were incredibly thirsty and were renamed Blackberry and Marshmallow by the children who found them

Anyone who has information on who is responsible for dumping the rats should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.

The two rats, who have been named Blackberry and Marshmallow by the children who found them, have been taken to Bristol Dogs and Cats Home where they will soon be looking for homes.

If you think you could offer a home to animals like Blackberry and Marshmallow see the small furries rehoming page on the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home website.

Article source: http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/rats-found-cage-dumped-near-387675

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