THERE have been more than 50 reports of dumped animals in Hampshire made to the RSPCA since the government-imposed lockdown.
This comes from a national figure of over 1,600 as the charity – which relies almost entirely on fundraising and donations –releases the figures as part of its emergency appeal to enable it to continue its vital work.
Between 23rd March when lockdown began until 3rd May its cruelty hotline received 1,663 reports – an average of 40 per day.
Head of the RSPCA’s rescue teams, Dermot Murphy, said: “In most cases we don’t know why pets are abandoned but it’s really important to remind people that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 can be passed from pets to people.”
He added: “There is lots of help and support out there for anyone else struggling to get animal food, with health or behavioural issues, exercising their pets or managing to keep children safe around pets. Please don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
In addition to the reports of abandoned pets, RSPCA rescuers have dealt with 27,507 incidents of cruelty, neglect and suffering and has more than 4,300 animals in its care.
The RSPCA is also urging pet owners to make an emergency care plan should they be admitted to hospital with coronavirus, such as placing a poster in a window informing people there are pets inside.