Pet rabbit ‘left to starve to death’ inside Orchard Park home


An animal rescue charity has condemned a pet owner who allegedly left a rabbit to starve to death in a filthy cage.

The rabbit was left along with another adult and a baby bunny in a house on Orchard Park Estate and were believed to have been without food and water for days, leading to one of the rabbits dying.

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Not Just Pets Rescue, a Hull animal welfare charity based on Beverley Road, were called out to rescue the abandoned pets.

Charity founder Amy Donoghue said of the owners: “They left the animals to die. A neighbour came and took the baby one for their kids and they called us, but one was dead and the other is barely alive.

“The rescued one is eating non-stop. I hope they survive, but they’re skin and bone. I have never seen a rabbit that thin. Rabbits don’t normally survive more than few days without food.”

The owners, who were living in the council property, have both left the home, which is now deserted.

The base of the hutch was completely covered in animal droppings with no sources of food or drink.



One of the adult rabbits had already starved to death at the home in Orchard Park
One of the adult rabbits had already starved to death at the home in Orchard Park

Amy said: “We also rescued a pregnant female cat and we are going back tomorrow to look for a male who was also living at the house.”

Earlier in the week, Amy was also contacted about abandoned cats from a house in Bransholme, where two cats were said to have been trapped inside an empty house and neighbours kicked down the cat flap to let the starving animals out.

She said the RSPCA is now investigating.

Amy, who has around 45 volunteers who help with her charity, said she is currently caring for 71 cats and nine dogs and has another 35 cats in foster placements in the city.

She was also recently left 15 female mice who are all pregnant.

Amy said she doesn’t turn away any animals and recently rescued a dog from “death row” which was due to the put down and needs a life-saving operation.

For more details about helping the charity, you can visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

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