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32 animals abandoned in Cornwall last Christmas

32 animals abandoned in Cornwall last Christmas

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:02pm 30th December 2019. (Updated at 1:47pm 30th December 2019)

It has been revealed that more than 400 animals across the south west were abandoned over Christmas last year.

The RSPCA says 32 of those dumped last year were from Cornwall and most were dogs.

The charity is urging families not to be too hasty when getting a pet.

More than 4,000 animals were dumped during the festive season across the whole of England and Wales.

In the south west, Devon saw 145 abandoned animals reported to the RSPCA's cruelty line last December, followed by Somerset with 72 and Wiltshire with 54 abandonments. 

Sadly, the charity says it is already caring for many animals abandoned around the country this festive season.

dog christmas tree

It 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.

"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."

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA

christmas dog

Three puppies who were abandoned last December in the Forest of Dean will now be spending their first Christmas in their forever home.

The dogs, two boys and a girl, were discovered by a member of the public on Sunday 30th December in Stenders Court, The Stenders, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, after it is thought they were left at some point overnight.

The pups - who were named Packham, Twiggy and Harry after the New Year's honours participants - were cared for by RSPCA Gonsal Farm Animal Centre and are now happily in their forever homes this Christmas.

Abandoned Shetland pony Tink, who was dumped alone in a field up to her waist in mud, is helping other needy animals this Christmas as the star of the RSPCA's festive film 'Santa's Littlest Helper'. 

Watch her star turn below...

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