The Scottish SPCA is appealing for help after a rabbit was found at the bottom of a rubbish chute at a block of flats in North Glasgow.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted on Friday, August 16, when a concierge at the building on Glenfinnan Road, Maryhill, discovered the bunny sitting amongst a pile of waste.
The female lop-eared rabbit is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Cardonald. She has been named Edwina.
Senior Inspector Billy Linton said: “These bins are locked at the bottom so the only way Edwina could have got there was if she was thrown down the rubbish chute.
“The building is 17 storeys high so there’s a chance she has fallen from a great height.
“Edwina was discovered between 8am and 9am on the Friday morning, but we can’t be sure how long she had been there before she was found.
“Remarkably, she was completely unharmed, but she could have been seriously injured or even killed had anything heavy or sharp been emptied into the bin after she was. She was also extremely frightened.
“It’s possible that someone threw Edwina down the chute because they wanted to get rid of her and thought no-one would find her there.
“We also have to consider that it may have been someone’s idea of a sick joke.
“Either way, this was extremely cruel and we’re very keen to speak to anyone who knows who may have owned her.
“We’ll continue to care for Edwina until we can find her the loving home she deserves.”
Abandoning and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and 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 SPCAAnimal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
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