Pets are being thrown away like rubbish, warns RSPCA

 

Martha Linden
Wednesday 26 June 2013 08:42
Comments

Pets have been found dumped in bins, boxes and even a cemetery in the run-up to the summer holidays as owners choose to abandon them rather than pay for their care while they are away, a charity has said.

The RSPCA said there had been an "alarming increase" in animals being dumped across England and Wales.

It appeared that some people choose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday, the charity said.

Money may also be spent on holidays and other summer "treats" rather than seeking vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are simply discarded, it added.

In the last year, the charity said it had been called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals.

The list of places where pets have been abandoned since last month have included a dog in a duffel bag, chinchillas found in a cage in a cemetery and very young rabbits discovered in a plant pot inside a shopping bag.

A mother cat and kittens have also been found dumped in a wheelie bin and a terrapin left in a bucket in a children's playground.

The charity added that a man walked into a branch of Tesco and asked a woman to hold his cat while he called the RSPCA and then never returned.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood said: "The shocking fact is that 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.

"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 die."

PA

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in