A RABBIT is now starting life in a new home after being abandoned in a bag and dumped in a Brierley Hill charity shop.

Customers and staff at Compton Care charity shop on Brierley Hill high street had a shock when the female rabbit was discovered in a tied-up Asda bag for life, along with rabbit food and a note on March 5.

The rabbit, who has since been named Pancake after her discovery on Shrove Tuesday, was only discovered when she poked her head out of the top of the bag.

Emma Tarr, who works along the high street at Sharon's Fruit and Veg, took care of the abandoned bunny for the afternoon until the Stourbridge and District Branch of the RSPCA took her in for checks.

Emma, who lives in Stourbridge, said: "I was shocked someone had done such a cruel thing and had left something so beautiful."

She described the rabbit as clean and white with a black bobbed tail and no older than one-year-old and she was in a healthy condition when she was discovered.

Pancake is now with her foster carer Faye Thatcher found through the Stourbridge and District RSPCA and is said to be doing 'really well' after her ordeal.

A spokeswoman from the RSPCA Stourbridge and District Branch, which is run entirely by volunteers, said: "Luckily, Pancake doesn't seem too fazed by her ordeal and having been given a clean bill of health from the vet she has settled really well into her foster home. We have already discovered that she is very partial to some treats of dried herbs and seems to be enjoying being spoilt!"

"Pancake will remain in foster care now for a few weeks until she has been neutered and vaccinated. We have been inundated with home offers for her so it won't be long before she finds her perfect forever home."