Guinea pig dies after being abandoned in a box in a Thornliebank park

One of two guinea pigs abandoned in Thornliebank. Sadly the other one died. (Photo: Scottish SPCA)
One of two guinea pigs abandoned in Thornliebank. Sadly the other one died. (Photo: Scottish SPCA)

Two guinea pigs found abandoned in Thornliebank were in such a poor condition that one of them died before Scottish SPCA staff could get to them.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was notified by a member of the public who discovered them inside a box on Monday (August 19).

Scottish SPCA inspector Lara Vickery said: “The Guinea pigs were found in a park in the Kennishead area of Thornliebank.

“After finding them in poor condition inside a box, the caller took them home and phoned our animal helpline.

“One of the guinea pigs is black and white and the other was brown.

“The caller reported that the brown guinea pig was having trouble breathing and sadly passed away before we arrived.

“The other is being cared for at our Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

“We would like to determine the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of these animals.

“If anyone has any information that might help our inquiry, we would urge them to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.