Pets have been found dumped in bins, boxes and even a cemetery in the run-up to the summer holidays as owners choose to abandon them rather than pay for their care while they are away. Money may also be spent on holidays and other summer «treats» rather than seeking vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are simply discarded.
The list of places where pets have been abandoned includes a mother cat and kittens found dumped in a wheelie bin, a terrapin left in a bucket in a children’s playground, a dog in a duffel bag, chinchillas found in a cage in a cemetery and very young rabbits discovered in a plant pot inside a shopping bag.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector 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. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish.»
A man walked into a branch of Tesco and asked a woman to hold his cat while he called the RSPCA and then never returned.
«It’s bad enough when we find a box of kittens wrapped in blankets on our doorstep with a note but now people are deliberately dumping their animals in out of the way places – like bins, skips or on waste ground – and leaving them to die.»