The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after two female rabbits were discovered near the entrance to Old Musselburgh Golf Club in Prestonpans.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted after a member of the public spotted them hopping about at the side of the road on Saturday August 26
Animal Rescue Officer Melissa Maitland said, “There was a cardboard box found close by with holes on the top which suggests these rabbits had escaped after being dumped.
“This is not only a cruel incident but it is also a crime. These animals could have easily been hit by a car and killed.
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“Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.”
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.