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14 animals found abandoned in Cornwall since lockdown began

14 animals found abandoned in Cornwall since lockdown began

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:05am 12th May 2020.

The RSPCA has received reports of 14 abandoned animals in Cornwall during the coronavirus lockdown

Across the country, the charity has received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals since the restrictions were brought in - that’s 40 a day. 

The figures have been released as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Covid-19 crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.

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.

“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.” 

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA rescue teams

sad dog

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.

The number of animals being cared for by the RSPCA at centres, hospitals and vet surgeries has also grown by hundreds.

Since lockdown began:

  • RSPCA rescuers have dealt with 27,507 incidents of animal cruelty, neglect and suffering animals which need help.
  • The charity has received more than 92,800 calls from members of the public.
  • There are more than 4,300 animals in RSPCA care.

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.

Many owners are concerned about caring for their pets amid the Covid-19 outbreak. You can find advice on the RSPCA website.

To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these and keep our animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, you can donate here.

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