RSPCA: Cruel owners paid satellite TV bills rather than feeding their pet
PUBLISHED: 11:17 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 25 April 2018
People are choosing to pay their Sky TV bills rather than feed their pets.
That is one story RSPCA Dep Ch Insp Clare Dew shared as the animal charity published figures today (April 24) naming the capital “the cruellest” place in the UK.
“It’s not a choice about feeding the kids. It’s about paying the Sky TV bill rather than feeding a pet. And it’s totally unacceptable,” Ms Dew said.
Dep Ch Insp Dew said a major problem in Newham is people taking in stray cats which are put back on the streets if they get injured to avoid vet’s bills.
“It’s people not giving a damn and it’s much more of a problem in the borough,” she said.
She added the charity gets a lot of calls from people complaining about neighbours keeping 20 to 30 cats.
“They are people who are limited financially, ignorant about neutering, embarrassed and who don’t believe what they are doing is wrong,” she said.
“There are some people with mental health problems who don’t have family who get pets for company but don’t know how to look after them,” she added.
The RSPCA investigated 11,259 complaints about animal cruelty in London last year – with 30 new animal welfare concerns looked into daily.
Acting Supt Mark Miles – responsible for London and the south east – said: “Our officers are stretched to the limits. Even though I have been with the RSPCA for a long time, I am still shocked by awful incidents of cruelty.”
For Dep Ch Insp Dew the solution is simple.
“It’s grassroots stuff. It’s about education and getting into schools and youth clubs to educate youngsters,” she said.
She added cat and dog breeders should take more responsibility over who they sell to before she adding dog microchipping wasn’t a perfect solution.
“It doesn’t catch the people who should care,” she said. “When you’ve chosen to bring a pet into your house you should cherish it,” she said.
If you are concerned about an animal’s welfare, report it to the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
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