Cold and ill lizards found abandoned outside Edinburgh flat

A wildlife charity has launched an appeal for help after two lizards were found abandoned on an Edinburgh street.

Friday, 17th November 2017, 1:58 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:12 pm
Two frilled-neck lizards were left abandoned in Edinburgh, Picture: Scottish SPCA

The Scottish SPCA is asking for help after two ill frilled-neck lizards were found by a member of the public at the back door of their flat on Stenhouse Drive.

SPCA animal rescue officer, Darren Malcolm, said: “Both lizards were extremely cold and dehydrated when they were found.

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Two frilled-neck lizards were left abandoned in Edinburgh, Picture: Scottish SPCA

“They wouldn’t have survived much longer out in this cold weather. Frilled-neck lizards are exotic animals that require specialist husbandry, including heat.

“They were also at risk of being attacked by another animal.”

He added: “Both are currently receiving veterinary treatment and are being cared for at our rescue and rehoming centre in Edinburgh.

Two frilled-neck lizards were left abandoned in Edinburgh, Picture: Scottish SPCA

“The lizards were also found with a note asking for help.

“We are asking anyone with any information to contact our animal helpline as soon as possible.”

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty on such an offence can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or for life.

Anyone with information should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 0300 999 999.