THE RSPCA is appealing for information after two injured Hermann tortoises were abandoned by their owner.
The tortoises, which are recovering at the Stubbington Ark, were dumped in a container outside the entrance to Marwell Zoo.
Both reptiles were found to have a cracked and bleeding shell. The pair were rushed to a vet for treatment before being taken to a rescue centre.
Two women, one older with blonde hair and the other a young female, were seen carrying a purple container towards the entrance of the zoo at around 9.10pm on Thursday July 2.
The tortoises lay injured on blood-soaked newspaper and the animals were bleeding from their wounds.
The owner left an anonymous letter with the pair explaining that financial hardship was why they had chosen to abandon them and that they were hurt by the owner’s pet dog.
Anyone who knows more about what happened is asked to contact RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards on 0300 123 8018.