Rescue dog sniffs out runaway rabbit

Lop eared rescue rabbit Jenni. Pic: comp
Lop eared rescue rabbit Jenni. Pic: comp
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A runaway pet rabbit is in the care of the Scottish SPCA after being sniffed out by a rescue dog.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted on Friday, July 18, after the Lop eared rabbit was discovered at Roslin Glen Country Park, Midlothian.

Animal Rescue Officer Lee Williams was given the run around whilst attempting to capture the rabbit, until a chance meeting with one of the charity’s former rescue dogs helped her track the tearaway.

Lee said: “The rabbit was spotted by a member of the public hopping around near an old warehouse and trying to secure her was proving to be quite a task.

“Just as I thought all hope was lost, I bumped into a lady who had rehomed one of our rescue dogs, an Afghan hound called Roxy. She told me Roxy was very good at sniffing out rabbits and volunteered her help.

“Within minutes Roxy had tracked the bunny who I then managed to get into the carrier.

“I was very grateful for Roxy’s help as this rabbit was proving particularly tricky to catch. It was great to see one of our rescue pets enjoying her new life too.”

The female rabbit is now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s Edinburgh and Lothians centre in Balerno, where she has been nicknamed Jenni.

Lee added: “At this stage we don’t know how Jenni ended up there, although we think it’s likely she was abandoned and are appealing to anyone who recognises her to get in touch with us.

“If an owner doesn’t come forward, we’ll continue to care for Jenni until we can find her a loving new home.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.