"Cruelty and abandonment do not stop over the festive season"

"Cruelty and abandonment do not stop over the festive season"

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:45am 19th December 2019.

Last December there were 76 abandoned animal calls to the RSPCA in Norfolk. 

The charity is already caring for many animals around the country this festive season.

It's urging people to help them care for animals spending Christmas in its centres and hospitals with its Stock the Sleigh campaign.


There were 421 animals reported as abandoned in the East of England last December and more than 4,000 animals were dumped during the festive season across England and Wales.

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA, said: 

"Christmas is a busy time for us, as sadly cruelty and abandonments do not stop over the festive season and our staff work tirelessly to rescue and care for animals in need.

Last year, there were 1,684 dogs reported as abandoned in December and 1,678 abandoned in January, and there were more dogs than any other animal being abandoned over the festive period.

We understand that people's circumstances can change which may mean they can no longer cope with their pet but there is never an excuse to abandon any animal like this, as there are other options available to people who are struggling to care for their pets.

Dumping a pet leaves the animal extremely scared and vulnerable, especially in the cold winter months. 

We would urge anyone considering getting a pet to think carefully about whether they have the time, care, patience, and resources to care for that animal for the rest of their life and if you feel you really do, then please consider giving a rescue pet a second chance this new year."

The RSPCA is urging people to help them care for animals spending Christmas in its centres and hospitals with its Stock the Sleigh campaign, asking for help providing anything from food, medicine, to a warm blanket, treats and toys.

 

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