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55 animals abandoned in Bucks last Christmas

The RSPCA is hoping for a quieter 2019.

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:00am 28th December 2019. 3-minute read.

55 animals abandoned in Bucks last Christmas

The RSPCA in Buckinghamshire have already had a busy festive period, but are hoping they don't get the same number of abandoned animals as 2018.

Last December, 55 were dumped by owners here, leaving the charity to try and find new homes.

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."

Durham kittens

Dermot continued:

"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."

Some of the animals abandoned

Sweet lurcher puppies Holly and Ivy were balding and itchy when they were dumped on a cold, wet winter's day with their mum, Mistletoe, just weeks before Christmas. 

The 12-week-old pups have now written to Santa Paws to ask for their fur back as they are receiving treatment for mange. 

Holly and Ivy
Holly and Ivy

RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre, in Chobham, Surrey, took the trio in on 27 November after they were abandoned by the side of the road in Effingham, Surrey.

The RSPCA rescued an older dog suffering from a degenerative spinal condition who was found tied to a gate in Meopham, Kent.

Wookie, as he has since been named, was found by a concerned member of the public tied to a gate in Ifield Road on Sunday 8 December at around 10.30am. He was wearing a Star Wars collar which was made from a cut-down belt.

RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon collected the bull breed and took him to a nearby vet for examination where it was discovered he had a condition of Spondylosis of the spine and muscle wastage on his hind legs. He will now be cared for by the RSPCA.

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