Animal investigators from the RSPCA launch probe into 30-death Guinea Pig massacre in Warrington wood
- Charity inspector found the bodies piled up on top of each other in badger sett
- Feared deaths may be linked to ‘cruel and illegal activities’ of badger baiters
- Cheshire Police’s rural crime team have been told of the incident, RSPCA says
RSPCA investigators have launched an investigation after finding 30 Guinea Pig bodies dumped in a wood in Cheshire.
Inspector Jenny Bethel found the bodies last Sunday ‘in varying states of decay’ piled up on top of a badger sett.
She added that the animals, which were not microchipped, seemed to be buried ‘in a pile underneath each other’ at the location in Warrington, Cheshire.
RSPCA investigators have launched an investigation after finding 30 Guinea Pig bodies dumped in a wood in Cheshire
Inspector Jenny Bethel found the bodies last Sunday ‘in varying states of decay’ piled up on top of a badger sett
They were first discovered by members of the Wirral and Cheshire Badger Group, who had seen animal fur sticking out from ‘the surface of fresh, loose soil around the sett entrance’.
Insp Bethel said: ‘It is a really strange discovery to make and we are appealing for any information that could help us find out what happened to these guinea pigs.
‘I removed two of the pets from the surface soil and took them to a vet, who examined them. I left the other bodies undisturbed, but they appear to be buried in a pile underneath each other.’
The charity has not disclosed the exact location of the sett, but said that the discovery was made in a ‘rural area close to Warrington’.
It is feared the guinea pigs’ death may be linked to ‘cruel and illegal activities’ of badger baiters.
Cheshire Police’s rural crime team have been informed of the incident, the RSPCA says.
Inspector Bethel added: ‘We have no idea at this point why the guinea pigs would be in this location.
‘They were blocking one of the entrances to the sett, yet it doesn’t look like the badgers have shown any interest in them.
‘We don’t know how long they have been there, but it may be they’ve been put there because there was a hole already there.
‘It may be the case they haven’t been dumped all at the same time as they are in different stages of decay.
‘We would like to hear from anyone who has seen suspicious activity in a rural area of Warrington or knows of someone who has owned a large number of guinea pigs over a period of time.’
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.