RSPCA rescues 77 pets at a Derbyshire house

NDET 26-06-12 MC 1'Bev Williamson, Kim Bestwick, Ed Brooks, Christina Harris, and Frank Yonnet, volunteers and animal care assistant at the RSPCA centre in Chesterfield are pictured with a handful of rabbits and guinnea pigs that are part of a mass that were brought into the centre.
NDET 26-06-12 MC 1'Bev Williamson, Kim Bestwick, Ed Brooks, Christina Harris, and Frank Yonnet, volunteers and animal care assistant at the RSPCA centre in Chesterfield are pictured with a handful of rabbits and guinnea pigs that are part of a mass that were brought into the centre.
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Over 70 animals have been rescued from a Derbyshire house – and are waiting for new homes at Chesterfield’s RSPCA.

The charity is facing its largest intake of pets in one go and is desperately seeking new owners for the rabbits and guinea pigs, along with three geese and five fowl.

Following an investigation they were removed on Monday, June 27.

The owner has signed the animals over to the RSPCA and they are currently being kept at the branch on Spital Lane,

Manager Gary Taylor said: “This is an extremely large number of animals to admit in one go and we really hope we can find new homes for them as quickly as possible.

“There are lots of rabbits and guinea pigs and they are friendly and used to being handled.

“Taking in such a large number of animals in one go does put an added pressure on the branch, which relies solely on donations from the local community.

“We just hope people will come forward and help us to help these animals by offering them loving new homes.”

An RSPCA spokesman said an investigation was ongoing and they were unable to release any details of the location or the circumstances in which the animals were removed.

Gary said the team worked into the night to unload the large influx of animals.

He added: “In living memory this is the largest amount of animals we’ve had in one go.”

Anyone interested in offering new homes to the pets can call 01246 273358 or visit www.chesterfield-rspca.org.uk

The appeal for new homes for the rabbits coincides with a campaign launched by the RSPCA called ‘Hay Fever,’ which highlights the fact many owners do not know what food is best for their rabbits.

An RSPCA study found a lack of grass and hay in their diet is among the most important welfare issues affecting rabbits in Derbyshire.

Rachel Roxburgh, RSPCA companion animal scientist, said: “The RSPCA is trying to give rabbits Hay Fever! But not in a bad way - we want all pet rabbits to be eating hay as their main food.”

‘Hay Fever’ marks the start of an ongoing campaign for the RSPCA on key welfare issues facing pet rabbits.