Bearded dragon found dumped in bag in Gosport

The bearded dragon found dumped in a bag in Albert Street, Gosport, on Monday, February 13. Picture: RSPCA
The bearded dragon found dumped in a bag in Albert Street, Gosport, on Monday, February 13. Picture: RSPCA

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A BEARDED dragon was found dumped in a bag in Gosport.

The lizard - which the RSPCA said would not have survived long - was found in Albert Street on Monday.

RSPCA animal collection officer Jenny Preston collected the lizard.

'This poor beardie wouldn’t have survived long outside in the cold and wet weather we’ve been having recently,' she said.

'Beardies are reptiles who need specific temperatures to be able to function normally and, in captivity, rely entirely on their owners to provide these conditions, which must be the same as they live in in the wild.

'Abandoning any animal to fend for themselves is shocking but to dump those who require such specific conditions to survive is despicable.'

Anyone with information should call 0300 123 8018.

The animal is now being cared for by RSPCA staff at an animal centre.