Original article from Kent Live
The RSPCA is appealing for information after 19 mice were found abandoned in a box in Maidstone.
The animals were reportedly found in a well-known flytipping area of undergrowth and woodland at the junction of Boxley Road and Sand Lane.
RSPCA animal rescue officer Emma Byrne attended the scene on Monday morning (April 12).
She said: “The mice were inside a cardboard food pouches box with bedding and the box was inside a plastic storage crate with cardboard lining.
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"It had been left on its side, open and with a plastic pot with water just outside.
"It’s almost as if they’d been left to encourage them to venture into the undergrowth but they never would have survived in the wild.
“A dog walker found the mice and took the box home before calling us. He was worried they’d freeze as the temperature was so cold.
"The mice all seem healthy although we believe some of the females may be pregnant and it looks as though the males have been fighting.”
The abandoned mice are now under the care of the staff at RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre.
They have been split into groups and some are being treated by vets.
The RSPCA is seeking information about the incident.
If they are not reclaimed they will be rehomed when ready.
Emma said: “These poor mice are very vulnerable and would never have survived in the wild, especially not with the cold weather we’ve been seeing recently.
“It was incredibly irresponsible to dump the mice like this and to encourage them to escape into the wild.
"We’d like to hear from anyone with any information about these mice so please call us on 0300 123 8018 if you can help our enquiries.”