The RSPCA is investigating after a tortoise was thrown out of the window of a moving vehicle in Stoke-on-Trent.
A delivery driver was following a car along Ashbourne Road on Tuesday (15 May) when the tortoise was thrown from the window onto the side of the road.
RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “The driver saw something thrown from the window of the car in front and pulled over to see what it was.
“This poor tortoise was lying on the side of the road so the driver picked him up and took him to the nearest vet.
“The vet had concerns about the welfare of the tortoise and the cruel manner in which he’d been abandoned so called us in.”
The Horsfield’s Tortoise will now be cared for by the animal welfare charity.
The vet reported the incident to the RSPCA and Inspector Melvin is now investigating.
“We’ve called him Mr Roadrunner after his rather dramatic ordeal this week but, thankfully, he’s doing quite well,” Inspector Melvin added.
“If he isn’t claimed then we will look for a loving new home for him.
“I’m now investigating what happened to Mr Roadrunner and who was responsible for discarding him in such a cruel way.
“I’d like to hear from anyone who may know where he has come from or saw anything suspicious in the area on Tuesday afternoon to get in touch with us.”
Anyone with information which may aid the investigation should call the RSPCA appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Melvin.