Appeal after hamsters abandoned in shoe box

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after several hamsters were abandoned inside a shoe box at a lay-by near Dunblane.

The charity was alerted after the pets were discovered next to the A9 at around 8.30am on Friday.


An adult male and female pair had been dumped along with eight babies, four of which had sadly died. The surviving creatures are now in the care of our animal rescue and rehoming centre in Angus.

Animal rescue officer Lauren Graham said, “The hamsters were abandoned in a Nike shoe box which had sawdust, bedding and food inside. Sadly half of the litter had died but we are hopeful the survivors will make it. Abandoning these hamsters in a lay-by was very cruel. There was no guarantee they would be found and it would have been really distressing for them. If anyone knows who may have done this we would ask them to contact our helpline on 03000 999 999. We’ll care for the hamsters and find them loving new homes.”

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

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