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Animals in Cornwall Are Being Abandoned In Winter

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8:05am 26th October 2014

Almost 400 animals have been abandoned in Cornwall so far this year.

That is what statistics from the RSPCA show.

The Duchy is ranked 6th worst for it in the south of the country.

As we move into winter, more and more are being dumped like rubbish.

Spokesperson Kayleigh Ridings tells us it gets worse over Christmas.

She said: "Holidays like Christmas do lead to an increase in abandonment, some people actually, unbelievably, choose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are away on holiday, money they spend on holidays and Christmas presents they sometimes put over seeking veterinary attention for sick or new born animals.

"We found two very emaciated cats that were found dumped in a tapped up box in Bodmin, they were left in a very bramble covered area and it was only by pure chance that a member of the public happened to hear the cry of the kitten and was kind enough to look and discover the box and called us in."

Animal Welfare Officer Felicity Cross said: "The cats are extremely emaciated.

"These cats weighed about half what we would expect for their age. The older, mother cat is a domestic long haired tortoiseshell and the kitten is black and white.

"The cats - renamed foxy and badger - recovered at RSPCA in St Columb. Foxy, the older cat, weighed just 1.7 kilo,she would be expected to weigh around 4 kilos. Badger weighed just half a kilo which would usually be the weight of a cat aged just five or six weeks."

RSPCA superintendent John Grant said: "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.

"Worse still, holidays like Christmas can lead to an increase in abandonments as some people choose to get rid of their pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday.
 
"Money may be spent on holidays and Christmas presents rather than seeking vet attention for ill or new born animals, so they are dumped.
 
"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 an unknown fate."

8:05am 26th October 2014

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