The RSPCA has launched an investigation after two Guinea pigs were found abandoned, caged and covered in faeces.

A man found the two Guinea pigs dumped with a dirty cage in the woods, and took them home.

The animals are now being looked after at the charity’s Stubbington Ark centre in Fareham.

RSPCA inspector Tina Ward said: “The filthy cage had obviously been chucked out which meant the Guinea pigs were able to escape - they were lucky to have been found.

“The poor duo were covered in ticks, which have been removed, and are still very skittish having been through a lot.”

The animal welfare charity was called to the Alderbury woodland on Saturday evening to rescue the animals, now named Olivia and Ellie.

Tina Ward added: “A man was walking through the woods when he came across these poor little things dumped in the middle of nowhere, wet and cold. The frightened pair had matted coats and were covered in faeces.

“To dump two small, vulnerable pets in the middle of the wood like this is so upsetting and I’d like to hear from anyone who might be able to help our investigation into who was responsible for this.”

Anyone with information about the dumping is asked to call the appeal line on 0300 123 8018.