THE RSPCA received more than 300 reports of abandoned animals across Wales last winter* and is worried a surge in pet ownership could result in more unwanted animals this year.
Last winter*, the charity received 4,650 reports of abandoned animals including 316 in Wales. The highest number of reports coming from Cardiff (38), Swansea (28) and Rhonnda Cynon Taff (26) – full table below. Of these reports were six rabbits abandoned in a box in Cardiff in February and Eggnog the hamster who was dumped in Swansea in December last year.
Already this November, there have been 985 reports of dumped and unwanted animals to the RSPCA’s cruelty line across England and Wales. Out of these reports, 57 were in Wales – and included the unusual abandonment of a lovebird left in a cage on the side of the road in Caerau, Cardiff.
The charity says reports of increased pet ownership, coupled with a deepening recession could see more pets left out in the cold this year.
Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “During the lockdown there have been reports of a rise in people buying or adopting new pets***, often for the very first time.