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Shocking discovery in Nuneaton canal

Three pet rabbits have perished within the confines of a filthy hutch which has been found floating in a Nuneaton canal.

The horrifying discovery was made on Friday (13 January) by a local dog walker. The sodden hutch was floating in the water by Cedwell Caravan Park. Inside lay the emaciated bodies of three small black rabbits.

“These young rabbits have endured unthinkable suffering,” said RSPCA inspector Nicky Foster. “The two female and one male rabbit were only around 12 weeks old. To think of what they have gone through in their short lives is so upsetting.

“The hutch they were confined in was far too small for three rabbits.It was completely covered in faeces and had no bedding or food. Looking at the rabbits’ pitiful bodies it would appear they starved to death.

“This case brings home what as a charity we fear about pet rabbits - that they are often the most neglected animals and can be the forgotten pet. They often lead truly miserable lives in unsuitable accommodation, starved of  any form of companionship, sitting bored, lonely and unloved in a hutch at the bottom of the garden. I desperately need to find out who was responsible for these rabbits’ appalling deaths and I plead with anyone who can help with my enquiries to please get in contact,” said Nicky.

Calls can be made to the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.