The RSPCA is appealing for information after two caged hamsters were thrown out the window of a moving vehicle.
The animals were found by a member of the public in Swan Lane, in Winchester, at 12.55pm on Tuesday November 27.
RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards said: ’We had a call from a member of the public who’d heard a large bang and when they went outside saw some children with a hamster cage they’d seen thrown from a moving vehicle.
‘Inside were two Roborovski hamsters, one of which sadly has injuries to the nose and face.
‘I’m now investigating what happened to the hamsters and who was responsible for discarding them in such a dangerous and cruel way.
‘I’d like to hear from anyone who may know where they have come from or who saw anything suspicious in the area.
‘I’d also like to hear from anyone who recognises the cage, which had clean bedding and water bottles or the box of extra supplies, including sawdust bedding, which was also thrown from the vehicle.’
The hamsters are being cared for at RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre and will be found new homes when they are ready.
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Edwards.