A woman put a baby rabbit in a plastic bag and threw it out of the boot of a car, said an animal charity.
A witness was horrified when he saw what he thought was a rubbish bag move after it hit the verge and a white baby rabbit ran out into the middle of the road in Wheatfield Way, Horley, said an Animal Protection Trust spokesman.
He said: “An old two-door, metallic aqua-blue Nissan Micra, with a 54 number plate pulled-up, a woman got out and went to the boot and took out a white plastic bag, threw it to the grass verge, got back in her car and drove off.
“It was such a shock when the rabbit jumped out of the bag and ran into the road – it was a heartless thing to do.
“Luckily I was able to rescue it before it got run over.
“Then to my astonishment, the woman drove back and I pointed to the rabbit in my arms, but obviously she couldn’t have cared less.”
Animal Protection Trust took care of the young Lionhead rabbit following the incident at around 3pm on October 18.
Jacqueline Ward-Reel, chairman and co-ordinator, said: “This was a wanton act of cruelty.
“It would have been a terrifying experience and had the rabbit not been rescued so quickly, it would certainly have been killed on the road.
“Luckily the poor little rabbit, which the vet has estimated to be under six months old, escaped injury and is now in the care of Animal Protection Trust.
“If anyone has any further information about this awful incident which we can pass on to the RSPCA, please do not hesitate to contact us.”
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