Variety of puppies being deserted has soared by 73% since Covid lockdown, shock new figures present 

The RSPCA has recorded an ‘alarming’ 73 per cent rise within the variety of puppies being deserted after a spike in demand throughout lockdown.

Some 3.2million households within the UK purchased pets through the Covid lockdown as a method to fight social isolation, deal with the household or enhance train.

However gross sales declined after restrictions had been lifted, resulting in a surplus of puppies. Now the animal charity has blamed the sharp rise within the variety of puppies being deserted on this gross sales droop as callous breeders dump the additional canines nobody needs to purchase.

In 2022, the charity mentioned, 711 puppies and breeding feminine canines had been deserted, up from 411 in 2021. The pre-Covid determine in 2019 was 275 dumped puppies.

The RSPCA has recorded an ‘alarming’ 73 per cent rise within the variety of puppies being deserted after a spike in demand throughout lockdown

In 2022, the charity mentioned, 711 puppies and breeding feminine canines had been deserted, up from 411 in 2021. The pre-Covid determine in 2019 was 275 dumped puppies

In current weeks, the RSPCA has rescued a complete of three,260 animals deserted since November 1 – a 14 per cent enhance on the identical time the 12 months earlier than. The rescued canines embody six American bulldogs dumped in a field in Hull, which had been lined in cuts and scratches. Rescuers steered they’d been saved in a cage since delivery, and two had been in such poor situation they died earlier than being seen by a vet.

The 4 surviving puppies, which had been round 12 weeks outdated, are actually being cared for on the RSPCA’s York Animal Dwelling.

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One other 5 American bulldog pups had been dumped in a distant layby close to Yarm, North Yorkshire, by two masked males. The canines had been lined in their very own faeces and one needed to be put down.

Some 3.2million households within the UK purchased pets through the Covid lockdown as a method to fight social isolation, deal with the household or enhance train

The charity additionally rescued three underweight and uncared for spaniel puppies left in a cardboard field by the B4696 in Wiltshire.

RSPCA officer Freya Lamb, who rescued the trio now referred to as Mary, Holly and Rudey, mentioned: ‘They’re very nervous and scared.’

The charity has launched a fundraising marketing campaign referred to as Be a part of The Winter Rescue and has dedicated £1.5million to disaster measures together with serving to pet meals banks and struggling house owners.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, mentioned: ‘Our groups have seen households who merely can not afford to feed each themselves and the pets. Others have been serving to households going through eviction who can’t discover lodging that enables pets.

‘We actually want animal-lovers to assist us get by way of this disaster.’

See the RSPCA web site for particulars of Be a part of The Winter Rescue.

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