A CAGE full of gerbils was released at a beauty spot.
A woman in her 30s, who is being sought by environmental health officers, was seen dumping the animals on Petersfield Heath, last Thursday, before putting the cage in the bin and driving off.
Dave Griffiths, East Hampshire District Council’s environmental protection officer was called in and managed to catch 10.
He said: ‘I think I caught the majority because they stayed where they had been released. They were obviously used to being picked up and didn’t nip.
‘They are sweet little things and I can’t believe someone could be so cruel. They certainly wouldn’t have survived.’
Farringdons Pet Care in Lavant Street, Petersfield, took the gerbils and found homes for four. The woman was of a medium build with dark hair and drove a blue car with a registration beginning with the letter T.
Anyone with information can call Mr Griffiths on 01730 234360 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Farringdons on 01730 263297 if you are interested in rehoming a gerbil.