The RSPCA are reminding pet owners of their legal responsibilities as the number of unwanted animals they’ve collected continues to grow.
Superintendent Martyn Hubbard said:
“It is important that the public are aware that once they take on an animal they are legally responsible for it and that abandoning any animal in a manner likely to cause suffering is a criminal offence.”
A snapshot of recent abandonments
Pets in the West Midlands in particular are suffering as a result of poorly thought through choices. Recent abandonments in the area have included:
9 July – Three newborn kittens tossed over a garden fence in a black bin bag in Londonderry Lane, Smethwick. Sadly two of the kittens died overnight after being rescued.
- 9 July – Eight rabbits dumped in woodlands near Holywell Lane, Rubery, Rednal, Birmingham. The bunnies are a mix of colours and ages.
- 10 July – A three-month-old kitten found at 4am in a Pampers Nappy Box outside Bramble Close, Aston, Birmingham.
- 11 July – Two young female cats found in a box on a riverbank at Stepstairs Lane, Cirencester. The tortie and tabby cats are both thought to be around one year old.
- 12 July – A terrapin found swimming around a canal at Broad Street, Birmingham. Named Steve by the person who found it, the exotic creature was seen in the canal a few days earlier.
12 July – A corn snake found sunbathing in a back garden at Clays Lane, Branston, Burton-on-Trent. Uninjured, the pet snake is now with exotic specialists in Dudley.
- 13 July – Two kittens dumped in a cardboard box, found under a tree at Hurlingham Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham.
- 14 July – A white rabbit with severely overgrown nails, dumped in a box in a park near Oxford Grove, Birmingham. The neglected rabbit was tragically put to sleep at vets due to having a broken back.
Pet ownership is a lifelong commitment
This situation with abandoned animals is getting completely out of hand.
I would urge people to seriously think before they purchase or rehome a pet. You must ask yourself if you are able to commit to caring for that animal for its lifetime.
Once this decision has been made, as a pet owner you are legally responsible for that animal.
It is completely unacceptable that people appear to be taking on animals without thinking about the commitments required and then when they have had enough the animal is dumped with no thought for the animal’s safety and wellbeing.
Appeal for information
Can you help?
Anyone that believes they have information about any of these abandonments can contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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