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Owners dump pets before holidays


Thursday June 27th 2013

An animal charity says it has seen an "alarming increase" in the number of pets being dumped by owners who do not want to pay for care while they are on holiday.

The RSPCA says it has found animals which have been dumped in bins, boxes and cemeteries as people choose to spend their money on holidays and other treats as opposed to caring for ill or newborn pets.

The charity says it has been called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals in England and Wales over the past year.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood said: "The shocking fact is that even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don't care about their pets at all."

The group have come across a dog stuffed in a duffel bag, baby rabbits in a plant pot inside a shopping bag and chinchillas left in a cage in a cemetery.

A cat and her kittens were also put in a wheelie bin while a terrapin was left in a bucket in a playground.

On one occasion, a man walked into a Tesco supermarket and asked a woman to hold his cat while he called the RSPCA then was never seen again.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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