Three abandoned pets every hour over Christmas says the RSPCA.
The charity is again inundated with cats and dogs over this Christmas, in particular Staffordshire bull terriers.
Three pets are being abandoned every hour during the Christmas period, says the RSPCA.
The animal charity has investigated 329 complaints of abandonment between 23 and 27 December, and has dealt with 1,676 complaints since the beginning of the Christmas month. Branches of the charity have been inundated with cats and dogs, in particular Staffordshire bull terriers and Staffie crosses.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA, said: “Christmas is one of our busiest times of year for animal abandonments – second only to the summer when birthing rates are high together with people going on holiday. The Staffy has been the most commonly dumped breed throughout the year and we’re campaigning to help change the breeds image.”
Six Staffordshire puppies were taken into the RSPCA’s Mallydams Wildlife Centre, East Sussex, on December 23 after being abandoned. The manager at the RSPCA’s Patcham centre near Brighton, where the six-week-old puppies are now being looked after, said: “They are in reasonable condition but are too young to have left their mother.
“Many people are still breeding Staffies because they think it is a good way to make a few hundred pounds at Christmas. However, we know that there are lots of Staffies out there, and not enough homes for them.”
Other owners are just dumping their pets on the roadside. A three-month-old German Shepherd abandoned pets was found in a box in a Sheffield alleyway on Christmas morning.
Steve Bryne, manager of the Sheffield centre where the puppy, Eve, is being cared for, said: “She was very nervous when she first came to us and wasn’t eating much. But luckily, she has come on well in the last few days so we hope she will pull through her ordeal.”
Last Christmas the charity’s cruelty advice line received an average of 1,663 calls each day about animals that were being hurt, neglected or abused during the festive season.
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