Bullets, bondage and bagpipes: PDSA's bizarre donations

Machine gun bullets, half a cucumber and urns containing human ashes have topped a list of the most unusual items donated to shops run by veterinary charity the PDSA.

Bizarre donations to the charity's 179 shops also included a rat cage complete with dead rodent, replica samurai swords and a substantial number of sex aids and risqué clothing.

More sellable items included a set of Jane Austen novels dating from 1900 worth £300, a set of bagpipes worth £500 and Rolex watches.

David Facer, head of trading at the PDSA, said: "They certainly keep our eyebrows raised while the till is ticking over."

The PDSA is opening a pet tribute garden in Ilford, Essex, as a place of quiet contemplation for owners of deceased pets. The Paws Forever garden will be situated next to the charity's animal cemetery.

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