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Struggling owners urged not to dump their pets

Kittens dumped

Published at 7:38am 12th July 2018.

The RSPCA is gearing up for a summer crisis in Dorset as they urge struggling owners not to dump pets.

It's emerged the charity received 113 calls about abandoned animals in Dorset between June and August last year.

Nationally, last summer they received one call every 12 minutes.

The RSPCA's superintendent for the south west region, Lee Hopgood said: "We see every type of animal abandoned from dogs, cats and small animals to horses, farm animals and even exotic animals like pythons just left out on the street in their vivariums."

"There's no saying why people choose to abandon their animals, or why this rises in the summer - possibly people dump their animals when they head off on holiday and haven't found anyone to look after their pet when they're away. Or maybe they feel less guilty, leaving a pet to fend for itself in the warmer weather, compared to the cold winter months.

"We can only guess that it can be a number of factors - for examples when people's circumstances change and they are no longer be in a position to look after their pet. However, we sadly see a number of abandoned animals with very serious injuries or illness, which is just heartbreaking."

The RSPCA advises that if pet owners are going away on holiday, they make sure their pet is cared for by asking friends or family to care for them, calling a pet sitter or taking them to a licensed boarding establishment.

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