Pet rats left for dead in cage dumped in a Leicester car park

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Feb 21, 2018 in Rat News | Subscribe

RSPCA officers are looking for a new home for a for a pack of pet rats that were left for dead in a Leicester car park.

A cramped cage carrying four young male rats was dumped in a bush behind a block of flats in Stoneygate Avenue with no food or water.

The abandoned rats were found by a member of the public on Sunday February 11.

The RSPCA was called and animal collection officer Greg Hagen collected the two-month old rodents.

Staff caring for them have named the rats Bodger, Badger, Mash and Potato after the popular 90s children’s TV programme.

Mr Hagen said: “These four young rats were found in a very small cage which had been dumped in a bush in a car park in Leicester.

“Apart from mites and fleas, the rats are physically fine and seem healthy.

“They are wary of people so it seems like they haven’t been handled very much so far.

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“They were in a very small cage when they were found but have now been moved to a bigger cage where they can explore and start settling into the life at the centre with a predictable routine, which will all help to ease their nervousness a little bit.

“There is never an excuse to abandon an animal in this way.

“The four little rats were lucky they were found by a kind passer-by who contacted the RSPCA otherwise the outlook could have been very bleak for these animals who had been dumped and exposed to the elements.”

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The RSPCA is now looking for new a new home for the furry foursome.

They will need an experienced owner who can give them the handling they need to build up their confidence and get them used to human contact.

They will also need large accommodation with plenty of enrichment to keep them entertained.

They would also like be re-homed as a group.

Mr Hagen said: “Rats are intelligent and highly social animals.

“They have an excellent sense of touch and smell and usually live for about two years but some may live longer.

“They have complex needs but providing their needs are met, rats are incredibly rewarding animals to look after and can form close human-animal bonds with their carers.”

Can you offer these rats a home?

The RSPCA is now appealing for information from anyone who may have seen anything in Stoneygate Avenue in Leicester, on Sunday, February 11, at about 12.30pm, to contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

For more information or to give Bodger, Badger, Mash and Potato a forever home contact the RSPCA Northamptonshire branch on 01604 881317.

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