Wednesday 20 November 2019

Owner wanted for pet tarantula

Rosie the tarantula was dumped next to a rubbish bin in Glasgow (Scottish SPCA/PA)
Rosie the tarantula was dumped next to a rubbish bin in Glasgow (Scottish SPCA/PA)
Selina the hamster was left in her cage next to a pile of rubbish (Scottish SPCA/PA)

A new owner is being sought for Rosie the tarantula after the pet spider was found dumped by a rubbish bin in Glasgow.

A passer-by spotted the creature in a plastic tub on the city's Clyde Place and handed it into the Scottish SPCA, who have appealed for information over the "cruel" act.

The Chilean rose tarantula was named by animal welfare staff after they took her in on Thursday.

Chief inspector Fiona Henderson said: "It seems that Rosie has just been left there, which was very cruel.

"The tub could have been cleared away with the rubbish if Rosie hadn't been spotted inside.

"Tarantulas might not be everyone's ideal pet, but they are wonderful creatures and certainly don't deserve to be dumped.

"We'll soon be looking to find Rosie a knowledgeable owner who will appreciate her."

The animal welfare group said the man who brought in the spider "wasn't too fazed" by his unusual discovery.

They are also appealing for the public's help after a hamster was dumped inside its cage at Dalziel Park in Motherwell the same day.

The brown and white pet left beside a pile of rubbish was handed into the Scottish SPCA's Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre where she has been named Selina.

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