Three adorable guinea pigs were left dumped inside a cardboard box outside a charity shop – with a heartbreaking note from their original owner.
With just a few holes poked in the box, the trio of fluffy rodents were left outside the shop in the High Street in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire last Friday afternoon.
Written on the box was a note pleading with whoever found them to take them to the RSPCA to be re-homed.
The note read: “RSPCA Please can you find us a nice new home. Our mummy is poorly and can’t look after us anymore.”
The guinea pigs, who were left with bedding, food and water, had no signs of injury despite base being detected at the base of the box.
Inspectors from the RSPCA are now attempting to track down the person who dumped their pets.
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RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Richard Carr said: “These poor guinea pigs had been dumped on a busy high street on Friday afternoon.
“They were found with food and water but the guinea pigs were very stressed and sitting in their own mess. One of the guinea pigs also has hair loss which could be a result of parasites.
“I took the three boys to the vets where they were checked over and stayed the night before being picked up the next morning.”
Mr Carr added: “We do understand that people’s circumstances can change which might mean they can no longer look after their pets but there is never an excuse to abandon an animal like this.”
The trio have been named Jon, Alan and Richard and have already found their forever home.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.