High cost of living in UK increases animal abandonment

Pet abandonment has increased by 24% in the UK over the past year, Britain’s largest animal protection organization said Tuesday.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) reported that there were 22,908 neglects in the first seven months of 2022, compared to 18,375 in the same period in 2021.

“The idea of ​​keeping your cat in a carrier and taking him to a secluded spot in the woods and then driving away, or throwing your dog out of the car (…) is absolutely unacceptable and heartbreaking,” said Dermot. Murphy, responsible for the RSPCA.

“But unfortunately every day we see animals cruelly abandoned in this way,” he added. “We understand that sometimes unforeseen events can happen – the pandemic and the cost of living crisis have shown – but there are never excuses for abandoning an animal,” the association added.

The organization attributed the increase in abandonment to more people adopting pets during the pandemic — then abandoning them — and the high cost of living affecting some owners.

The UK has a historic inflation rate of over 10%, which is projected to exceed 13% by the end of the year, coupled with an energy crisis that will push the gas and electricity bills of millions of people this winter.

One-fifth of pet owners are concerned about how to feed their animals, according to a survey conducted by the RSPCA.

The organization cited examples such as four snakes – three ball pythons and a corn snake – trapped in plastic crates on the side of a road in Surrey, south London.

“The four snakes were each in their own plastic box full of newspapers,” explained animal rescuer Chloe Wilson, noting that “some snakes also had bottled water.”

“It rained a lot and the top box started to fill with water and the hose could have easily drowned,” he added.

The number of stoppages had already increased by 17% to 38,087 in 2021, after restrictions on the coronavirus were lifted. Dogs (14,462) and cats (10,051) were the most affected, but there were also 3,363 abandoned exotic animals, including 685 snakes.

Author: DN/AFP

Source: El heraldo

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