A little fish was found abandoned in its tank this morning (August 7)

As Amanda Evans was walking to the tube station along Southdale Road in Chigwell at 8.20am she spotted a glass fish tank on the verge by the road.

She said: "I thought it odd that it was dumped with water in it.

"On closer inspection, there was a little brown fish swimming about and a pot of fish food left by the side of tank.

"The poor thing was in the full sun."

Ms Evans reported the fish and its location to the RSPCA.

She added: "It sadly looks like an unwanted child's pet. So sad.

"I just hope someone got there in time and managed to take it in out of the heat.

"I have a cat myself or I would have tried to take it home."

When The Guardian attempted to find the fish at around 4pm this afternoon, it was gone.

The RSPCA has been contacted for comment.