Two poorly pet rats were left to die on the driveway of a stranger’s house.
The rats, both male adults, were found abandoned in a diliapidated hamster cage in a Bicester Road, Aylesbury driveway.
After spotting the animals left out in the cold on the driveway of their property, the shocked owner of the house called the RSPCA for help.
The two rats - one black and the other grey and white - were left in a filthy, cramped cage and were suffering from severe skin problems and respiratory issues. Both animals were red from irritation and covered in scabs and the grey and white male rat was in such a bad condition that he had lost the majority of his fur.
RSPCA inspector Jaime Godfrey said: “These past few weeks we have seen temperatures drop to below freezing and for someone to just callously leave two animals with serious health problems outside in this weather leaves me feeling cold.
“These boys were dumped like unwanted rubbish next to some bins and although we did everything we could to help them recover their serious underlying health conditions meant that unfortunately we had no choice but to put them to sleep on veterinary advice.
“We are appealing to anyone who might know more about the owner of this pair or who might have seen someone in the area around that time dumping the cage that contained these animals.”
Anyone with information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.