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RSPCA braced for summer abandonment crisis

The RSPCA is worried about more animals being dumped in Staffordshire and Cheshire this summer.

The charity says it sees a rise in calls about pets being abandoned in the warmer months.

In June, July and August 2018, they were contacted 475 times in Staffordshire. In Cheshire, they received 366 calls.

They included calls about an underweight guinea pig which was abandoned, and a cat fly-tipped with rubbish.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA’S Chief Inspectorate Officer, said: “Sadly, we see a dramatic increase in the number of animals abandoned in the summer. From unwanted newborn kittens and puppies dumped in boxes and bins, exotic pets cast aside or horses abandoned in someone else’s field, dumped like rubbish.

“There is never an excuse to abandon an animal in this way and we would urge anyone who is struggling to cope with their pets to contact us or other charities for help.

"Our pets are sentient beings and great companions who rely on us for their health and happiness so dumping them like an old mobile phone or a piece of rubbish should never be the answer.

“The peak in animals being abandoned in the summer puts a massive strain on our inspectors, animal centres and branches who are left picking up the pieces when an animal is dumped.”

There is more information here:  w.rspca.org.uk/summercrisis  

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