An appeal has been launched to trace the person responsible for abandoning two guinea pigs in Hamilton.

The pair were found inside a plastic box at a Bent Park on Monday.

They are now being cared for by Scotland's animal welfare charity until a new home is found for them.

Scottish SPCA Animal Rescue Officer Dawn-Vale Juma said, “The guinea pigs were found inside a plastic box on Monday afternoon by a member of the public whilst walking their dog in Bent Park.

“The male guinea pigs, now named Wotsit and Quaver, are in safe hands and being cared for by the team at our centre in Lanarkshire. They’ll stay in our care until we can find them a loving forever home.

“If anyone recognises the pair we’d urge them to contact us as we are keen to identify the person responsible for abandoning them.”

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 helpline on 03000 999 999