Appeal after rabbit found ‘dumped’ in car park

PUBLISHED: 13:02 15 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:02 15 April 2015

Rabbit Chocolate was found in a car park in Exmouth.

Rabbit Chocolate was found in a car park in Exmouth.

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a rabbit was found in an Exmouth car park on Good Friday.

The rabbit was found by a member of the public in the Maer Road car park, in a plastic pet carrier.

When she was found, the overweight lop rabbit, who has been named Chocolate as she was found over Easter, had painful-looking skin and overgrown fur around her back end.

She was taken to the RSPCA Little Valley Animal Centre in Exeter.

Staff at the centre clipped Chocolate’s fur, and say now that her irritated skin has received veterinary treatment, she is looking a lot healthier.

Inspector Marije Zwager said: “We are really keen to find out how this poor rabbit came to be dumped in the car park.

“She was alone and frightened and not in a good way. Fortunately she is recovering well now and we hope someone may have seen something either on Good Friday or the days leading up to it that will help us track down where she has come from.

“If anyone does have any information they can ring the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA says that every month during 2013 and 2014 it took in more rabbits than it rehomed.

RSPCA rabbit behaviour and welfare expert Dr Jane Tyson said: “Rabbits do have very complex needs but they are very rewarding companions.

“Many rabbits come into our care as sometimes owners can fail to understand the responsibility they are taking on.

“We would always recommend you do plenty of research before buying a rabbit.

“Our website has lots of information on diet and rabbit welfare in general for example you need to feed rabbits a bundle of hay as big as they are everyday as it is essential for dental and digestive health as well as keeping them busy and occupied.”

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