Shameful number of abandoned animals reported to RSPCA across South Yorkshire since lockdown

The RSPCA has received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals across England & Wales since lockdown began - that’s an incredible 40 animals a day.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 4:11 pm
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 4:12 pm

The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.

In South Yorkshire, there have been a staggering 76 reports of abandoned animals to the charity’s cruelty hotline since lockdown started on, March 23.

Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government but vital funding is needed to help the RSPCA’s frontline staff continue this crucial work across England and Wales.

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The number of abandoned animals has increased during the coronavirus lockdown period.

Since the Government introduced the lockdown measures, the RSPCA has responded to more than 27,000 incidents, with 1,600 incidents of abandoned animals reported nationally. The number of animals being cared for by the RSPCA at centres, hospitals and vet surgeries has also grown by hundreds.

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA rescue teams, said: “Although much of the country is on lockdown, sadly there are still thousands of animals who need our help, including abandoned pets.

“Many people are finding their pets are a real source of comfort in these anxious times and thankfully cases of abandonment are slightly lower than usual but it’s heartbreaking that some animals are being dumped during this crisis.

“In most cases we don’t know why pets are abandoned but it’s really important to remind people that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 can be passed from pets to people.

“There is lots of help and support out there for anyone else struggling to get animal food, with health or behavioural issues, exercising their pets or managing to keep children safe around pets. Please don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

The RSPCA is also urging pet-owners to make an emergency pet-care plan should they be admitted to hospital with Coronavirus, including placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside.

For any further information visit the RSPCA website at: https://www.rspca.org.uk/coronavirus