More than 70 animals abandoned in Norfolk last Christmas

More than 70 animals abandoned in Norfolk last Christmas

There were 421 animals reported as abandoned in the East of England last December (2018) and more than 4,000 animals were dumped during the festive season across England and Wales, according to statistics from the RSPCA.

Essex saw the highest number of abandoned animals in the region, with 170 animals reported to the RSPCA’s cruelty line last December followed by Norfolk with 76 and Hertfordshire with 67. Sadly, the charity is already caring for many animals abandoned around the country this festive season.

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.

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.”

It costs around £670,000 to run an RSPCA centre for a year. You can make a generous donation to Stock the Sleigh and help animals in their care.

  • £7 could keep an animal warm with a soft and cosy blanket
  • £15 could give the gift of comfort - a warm blanket, treats and toys
  • £25 could give the gift of safety - it could help answer a phone call, provide a safe bed and food
  • £40 could give the gift of care - providing essential veterinary care and medicines

This winter, the RSPCA expects to take in more than 10,000 animals in need. To help them deliver vital supplies to thousands of abused, neglected and abandoned animals left out in the cold this Christmas, visit www.rspca.org.uk/giftofkindness and watch your virtual gift fill up the sleigh with a grateful wag from Sprout the dog.

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