The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after 10 mice were abandoned on a footpath in Motherwell.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to the mice after a member of public spotted a tub lying on the footpath leading towards Barons Haugh nature reserve.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Jack Marshall said: “Abandoning an animal is cruel in any circumstance, but to do so in a food container is particularly callous.
“There were 10 mice in the small tub, two adults and eight babies, all are being cared for at our centre in Lanarkshire.
“We’re hoping that members of the public will recognise them so we can find out why they were abandoned in this manner.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.