RSPCA appeal after dead pet rabbit dumped in Woodcock Road, Norwich

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead rabbit, which appeared to have been starved, was dumped next to a bin in Norwich.

The white rabbit, which had black patches, was discovered ion Wednesday, December 28, close to a children's play area and a Lidl supermarket near Woodcock Road, Catton Grove.

The animal and its cage were in a black bin bag.

A vet who examined the rabbit said it may have died of starvation.

The rabbit weighed only half of what its normal body weight should have been.

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It is thought the rabbit could have been dead for around 24 hours.

The RSPCA is urging people to ensure they provide their pets with extra care especially during the colder winter months.

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RSPCA inspector Carrie O'Riordan said: 'We want to remind people not to forget their pets over the winter.

'Animals in a hutch in the garden need checking and feeding daily and water levels need to be checked and defrosted if necessary.

'Rabbits and animals in hutches especially, need to have watertight and windproof shelters with plenty of bedding to keep them warm through the colder months.'

Anybody with any further information about the dumped rabbit should contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 1234 999.

People found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can face up to six months in jail and/or a �20,000 fine.

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