Guinea pigs abandoned in garden

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Two cute little guinea pigs have been found dumped in a garden in the Rhins.

A resident of Drummore handed the helpless pets into the Dunragit Kennels last Wednesday, June 12, after she discovered them sitting in her back garden.

The adult female guinea pigs, one white and the other black and brown, have been named Salt and Pepper.

Dunragit Kennels manager Peter Baker said: “Whoever left these animals may have thought that the lady would be able to care for them as she does have links with animal rescue in the local area.

“However, this was the wrong assumption to make and it does not disguise the fact that the guinea pigs have been abandoned.

“They are both female, rough coated and used to being handled, so they’ve obviously been someone’s pets. It’s possible that their previous owner has become unable to care for them but there is no excuse for abandoning an animal.

“We will care for Salt and Pepper until we can find them a loving new home together. They are a very friendly little pair who deserve to find themselves a home where they will receive plenty of attention and care.

“In the meantime, we are appealing to anyone who recognises the guinea pigs and knows who might have previously owned them to contact us with this information.”

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 is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.