A PREGNANT hamster has been found cruelly dumped in the East Sussex countryside.
She is now being cared for by staff at the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare in Ringmer.
The Syrian Hamster was abandoned on a footpath near Seaford.
The heavily pregnant sow was brought into the centre on Friday morning, where the vet checked her over. She has Wet Tail, which can be caused through neglect, and was de-hydrated.
Thought to be aged between six months to a year old, staff have called her April, and a member of the Small Animals Team will act as a foster mum to get fluids into her, at least every hour. April could have up to six babies, who will all be found new homes once they are old enough to leave their mother. April herself will then be re-homed, once she has had time to recover from her ordeal.
Customer Care Manager Jason Caulfield said the little hamster had sustained an ‘attack wound’ and things could have ended very differently for her if the centre had not stepped in.
She said: “This is a cruel thing to do.
“We would urge anyone who is struggling to look after a pet to call Raystede and not to dump them in the wild. April is used to being a pet.
“Although she was lucky and brought to Raystede, she does have what looks like an attack wound, so her story could have ended very differently.”
Anyone interested in re-homing an animal, or in making a donation should call the centre on 01825 840252 or visit the centre’s website at www.raystede.org.