The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after six animals were found abandoned in three incidents in the Lothians on the same day.
All of the animals, five rabbits and one terrapin, were discovered on Monday, April 15. They are now being cared for at the charity’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
One of the incidents occurred in Midlothian on Monday morning. Scotland’s animal welfare charity was contacted by a dog walker who spotted a terrapin in a pond at Gore Glen Woodland Park in Midlothian. He has been named Tadpole. Animal Rescue Officer Steph Grant said: “Unfortunately it seems Tadpole was deliberately abandoned.
“The pond is around a 20 minute walk from the car park so someone has gone out of their way to dump him.
“Tadpole was in the water when the lady spotted him. She had been watching the frogs when he suddenly appeared.
“When I found him he was at the side of the pond, basking in the sunshine. He was very cold so had clearly been looking for warmth.
“Terrapins need heat so Tadpole wouldn’t have been able to survive for long at the pond. It’s lucky he was found and we’re glad he’s now safe.”
On Monday afternoon, a further three rabbits were then handed into the Scottish SPCA’s Balerno-based centre after being found next to a bench at a park near Fernieside Gardens in Edinburgh. The male and two females have been named Catkins, Petal and Blossom.
And two male Dutch rabbits were dumped outside Pets at Home in Livingston. They have been named Fudge and Minstrel.
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 on these incidents is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.