An investigation has been launched after a rabbit was found in a pile of rubbish in Fleetwood.
The rabbit, a grey-coloured lionhead male, named Blue by the RSPCA, was in a tiny hutch which was dumped out with the bins in a back alley off Styan Street, just off Poulton Road.
It comes amid growing concerns about the number of rabbits being found dumped.
The hutch had been there for a few days before a member of the public decided to investigate.
RSPCA inspector Amy McIntosh said: “The hutch was facing the wall, so no one could see that there was a rabbit inside without having a close look.
“Blue was very lucky to have been found when he was.
“He had matted fur and ingrowing teeth, so he obviously hasn’t been getting the care he needed prior to being abandoned.”
Blue was discovered on Thursday, February 5 and has been in the care of RSPCA Fylde Branch ever since.
He is one of six rabbits looking for new homes from the branch.
Inspector McIntosh said: “We’re getting lots of rabbits dumped, or found straying, never to be claimed, and it is a real worry.
“Several of the inspectors, including me, are fostering rabbits until space opens up in animal centres for them. I had three rabbits living with me until just the other day.”
Those three rabbits, a male and two females, were found dumped on a member of the public’s driveway in Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, last week.
The male, named Domino by inspector McIntosh, was found in a cat carrier. The females, named Minnie and Mouse, were in an indoor, open-top cage.
They are now at Animal Care, Lancaster.
Insp McIntosh added of Blue: “I want to hear from anyone who recognises him, and knows who his owner is. Please call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”