‘RSPCA would not take cats’ say pair who found abandoned animals

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2016

One of the cats Danny and Bradley Smith found in a shed in Rudolph Road, Plaistow

One of the cats Danny and Bradley Smith found in a shed in Rudolph Road, Plaistow

Danny Smith

Two brothers have criticised an animal charity for not helping a pair of abandoned cats found in a shed in Plaistow.

Danny and Bradley Jones were renovating a house in Rudolph Road when they came across two cats.

“The tenants had been evicted a week ago, and we were clearing it out,” said Bradley.

“We opened the shed and there were two cats, a boy and a girl.

“We called the RSPCA but they didn’t really seem to care.”

He added that he was told the charity would only come out if the cats had been injured.

“In the end, we spoke to Canning Town [branch of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust] and they took them in,” said Bradley.

Danny, from Chigwell, added he was surprised by the reaction of the RSPCA.

“They’re supposed to be there to help animals,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “The RSPCA will always try and help a stray cat if it is sick or injured.

“If the cat is in good health, we advise the caller, if they are willing to take on responsibility for the cat until a new home is found, to make all reasonable inquiries to find the owner.

“This can include putting advertisements in newsagents, vets, calling the local police and animal shelters to report finding the cat.

“There is a real difficulty in ascertaining whether a cat is a genuine stray, as cats naturally roam. There are no set criteria to identify a stray.”

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