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Animal rescuers call for our help in East Winch

Animal rescuers call for our help in East Winch

Published by KLFM
9:21am 1st April 2020. (Updated at 1:18pm 1st April 2020)

We're being asked to continue to help keep RSPCA rescuers on the frontline and look after animals during the coronavirus outbreak.

Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government, but vital funding is needed to keep them out on the road, continuing to rescue animals from the worst cruelty and neglect. 

Although the Wildlife Centre is currently closed to the public, RSPCA East Winch is currently caring for 134  animals and is expecting even more to come into its care in the coming weeks as its rescue teams bring in more animals in need. Alongside this, the charity is also facing a huge financial strain as it is already seeing the damaging effect of this crisis on its fundraising income, while the costs of saving, treating and caring for animals continue.

Among the animals in its care are a grey seal pup who was rescued from Winterton beach after she was found with fishing line tangled around her neck.

Seal Pup

Runaway Train, as she has been called, was rescued on March 14 by volunteers from Friends of Horsey Seals.

She was rushed to RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre  where staff and vets had to carry out the intricate and difficult task of removing the line which had become tightly wrapped around her neck causing a severe wound.

The procedure to remove the line is delicate, and then the seal has to fight to survive the infection from the injury. Runaway Train has started to improve in health and has been receiving antibiotics, pain relief and regular salt baths.

She has now started to eat on her own, but her road to recovery will, like all seals with this type of injury, take a number of weeks if not months.

The centre is currently caring for another injured seal with a netting neck injury called Bouncy Castle who was also found with fishing netting around her neck. She is currently receiving on-going treatment which requires regular salt baths. 

The centre has also reminded supporters that it currently cannot take in any donations of towels or newspapers. This is because there are only a small number of staff working at the moment and their time is being taken up caring for animals so they do not have the time or resources to sort through donations. 

The RSPCA national emergency appeal is being supported by comedian and animal lover Ricky Gervais.

He said:

"It is really important for us all to pull together to help each other at this difficult time and someone needs to be there for animals, too. I would urge people to give whatever they can spare at this really difficult time to support the RSPCA so they can stay out on the frontline rescuing the animals who need them most.

"They are facing huge challenges through this crisis, but their amazing staff are committed to being there for animals in danger in any way they can and they can only do it with your help." 

Last year, RSPCA rescuers dealt with 3,872 welfare incidents in Norfolk and they are continuing to save animals on the frontline through this difficult time. The teams are continuing an emergency-only service through the lockdown period.

Dermot Murphy, Head of the RSPCA Rescue Teams, said: 

"This is a time of national crisis, and many of us are anxious about the future and our loved ones. This crisis has touched all areas of life and the RSPCA is no different. As we all face the biggest challenge of a generation, the RSPCA must continue to be on the frontline, rescuing and caring for the animals who need us most.

"Our rescuers, vets and nurses have been designated key workers by the Government which means we can carry on saving animals from cruelty and neglect and we rely entirely on generous public donations to deliver our vital services.

"We are facing immense challenges and huge pressures on strained resources, but our hugely dedicated teams are out there dealing with emergencies and our centres continue to deliver vital care to thousands of animals, with more expected in the coming weeks.

"We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but we must still be there for the animals who are suffering and we are appealing for animal lovers to give whatever they can to help us."

Since the crisis deepened at the beginning of March, our animal cruelty line has received nearly 60,000 calls.