The animal welfare charity the RSPCA has expressed concerns that cases of animal neglect may rise this festive season.
This comes after polling found 87 per cent of the charity’s front line rescuers fear neglect of pets will rise over Christmas.
These rescuers reportedly fear that the rise in pet ownership during the pandemic and pets bought on impulse will result in more animals being neglected this year.
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84 per cent are also concerned more people are taking on pets without understanding how to care for them.
Dermot Murphy, chief inspectorate officer, said: “The RSPCA rescue teams are out 365 days a year in all weathers saving neglected and abandoned animals.
“This year we are concerned that the rise in pet ownership could mean some have taken on pets on impulse which may lead to more people abandoning or neglecting their animals.”
He continued: “We will be out there every day this Christmas for the animals who need us most, bringing them to safety, but we can’t do it alone. We rely entirely on donations to keep our rescue teams on the road.
“With a cost of £245 a day to keep a frontline rescuer on the road this Christmas. We’re calling on animal lovers to Join the Christmas Rescue to help keep our teams out on the frontline, doing whatever it takes to rescue every animal we can.”
Many animals rescued from neglect last Christmas by the RSPCA teams will be enjoying a very different Christmas this year, thanks to the specialist rescuers.
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Dogs like German Shepherd cross Molly, who was found alone, wandering along a busy road having been abandoned on a cold December night.
10-year-old Molly was underweight and suffering from a skin condition. Inspector Stephen Lee, who rescued her, said that “when you looked in her eyes she seemed broken”.
She spent months in our care being treated and rehabilitated before being adopted by John Bebington and his family, where she is now a cherished and much-loved pet.
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