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Rescuers have helped over 200 animals in Cornwall since lockdown

Rescuers have helped over 200 animals in Cornwall since lockdown

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:16am 6th May 2020.

It has been revealed that RSPCA rescuers have dealt with over 200 incidents in Cornwall since the start of lockdown.

The charity has issued an emergency appeal to keep its rescue teams out in the frontline in the Duchy.

It wants to continue to save animals in need through the coronavirus crisis.

In Cornwall, rescuers have been called out to 214 incidents so far, that is seven a day.

One rescue was to help a tiny badger which had tumbled 30ft into a garden in Par, near St.Austell. 

RSPCA animal rescuer Abi Kemp was called to help the cub after he had been discovered sheltering in a hole. 

Last year, over 2,700 animal welfare incidents were dealt with in Cornwall alone.

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Nationally the RSPCA has dealt with an average of 660 incidents a day since lockdown began.

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.

RSPCA rescuers have recorded vlogs to show what it's like working on the frontline, in RSPCA animal hospitals and in animal centres during lockdown. 

Since the Government announced the lockdown on Monday 23rd March:

  • RSPCA rescuers have dealt with 21,137 incidents of animal cruelty and suffering animals which need help
  • The charity has received more than 66,000 calls from members of the public
  • There are 4,200 animals in RSPCA care*
  • The charity has rescued more than 1,274 abandoned animals in need.

"Despite the lockdown, there are still thousands of animals which need our help.

"As designated key workers, our frontline rescuers are still out and about rescuing animals in urgent need of care. The Coronavirus crisis hasn't put a stop to animal suffering and these figures show there are still many animals out there that need rescuing.

"Our rescuers have dealt with over 21,000 incidents in the last three weeks, an average of 660 a day and there are many more animals who need our help. However, our resources are under huge strain and vital funding is needed to keep our rescue teams out on the road.

"We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but we must still be here for animals who are suffering and we are appealing for animal lovers to give whatever they can to help us."

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer

As well as operating an emergency service, rescuing animals in need, RSPCA officers have also been collecting animals from the homes of people who have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19, who may not have anyone else to care for them while their owners are being treated.

RSPCA Animal Hospital teams are carrying out lifesaving operations and giving emergency treatment to animals most in need. 

Among the animals which have been rescued by the RSPCA since lockdown started are:

  • A stray newborn kitten found with a wound across his body caused by a piece of ligature, rescued from a garden in Birmingham
  • A pheasant which was rescued from a car grille after being stuck there for EIGHT days
  • A dehydrated baby owlet which was found struggling to survive in a village in Suffolk
  • Three rabbits which were dumped with fly-litter in Essex

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.

You can help the RSPCA and find out more about caring for your pets amid the coronavirus crisis here.

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