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RSPCA Sees Thousands of Animals 'Dumped Like Rubbish'

21 October 2014

UK - RSPCA staff and volunteers have seen an alarming increase in animals being abandoned across England and Wales and expect the situation to get worse over the winter months.

They've been called out to deal with 29,770 reports of abandoned animals so far in England and Wales this year- an increase of 33 per cent since 2009.

A whopping 210,952 abandoned animals have been reported to us in the last five years.

RSPCA staff officer Dermot Murphy said: “Even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don’t care about their pets at all. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish.

“Worse still, holidays like Christmas can lead to an increase in abandonments as some people choose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday.

“Money may be spent on holidays and Christmas presents rather than seeking vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are dumped.

“It’s bad enough when we find a box of kittens wrapped in blankets on our doorstep with a note, but now people are deliberately dumping their animals in out of the way places – like bins, skips or on waste ground – and leaving them to an unknown fate.”

Stay vigilant for abandoned animals

Abandoned animals are a startling reminder that some really do view animals as commodities that can be discarded without a moments thought.

The RSPCA is urging people to stay vigilant and alert them if they notice boxes, bins or bags that could contain abandoned animals.

They've also released a list of the worst places in the country for abandoning animals – with Greater London coming highest in the ranking for England and Gwent taking the top spot for Wales.

The RSPCA is expecting around 140,000 calls in November and December alone, with around 50,000 animals needing help between now and Christmas.

They have launched a winter campaign which will look at all aspects of the challenging winter work they face. From the rise in abandonments to weather-related rescues and even the increase in violence towards animals in the countdown to the Christmas period.

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