Officers are appealing for information in connection with the investigation
The RSPCA has launched an investigation after two Guinea pigs were found abandoned in a cage in Wiltshire woodland.
The animal welfare charity was called on Saturday evening (1 April) to Southampton Road, in Alderbury, Salisbury.
A man had found two Guinea pigs dumped with a dirty cage in the woods and took them home.
RSPCA inspector Tina Ward went to collect the little Guinea pigs and took them to the charity’s Stubbington Ark Animal Centre.
“A man was walking through the woods when he came across these poor little things dumped in the middle of nowhere, wet and cold,” inspector Ward explained.
“The frightened pair had matted coats and were covered in faeces.
“The filthy cage had obviously been chucked out which meant the Guinea pigs were able to escape. They were lucky to have been found.”
The two long-haired pigs – one tricolour and one brown – are now being cared for by staff at the charity’s branch in Hampshire and have been named Olivia and Ellie.
“The poor duo were covered in ticks, which have been removed, and are still very skittish having been through a lot,” inspector Ward added.
“To dump two small, vulnerable pets in the middle of the woods like this is so upsetting and I’d like to hear from anyone who might be able to help our investigation into who was responsible for this.
“Anyone with information should call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).