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Holidays prompt cruel treatment of animals

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 27/06/2013   Category: Latest News

Holidays have been named as a key factor in some cases of animal mistreatment, reports bbc.co.uk.

The RSPCA warned that sometimes owners will decide against paying for care or medical attention for their pets while they are away or otherwise enjoying themselves. This is concerning, particularly as the number of animals abandoned in the UK has risen from 27,555 in 2010 to 37,206 in 2012 – a 34 per cent increase in just two years.

Good pet owners will arrange for their beloved pooch and its dog bed to either stay with a friend or relative, or go to a temporary paid-for home. The concept of allowing their pet’s health to suffer in the name of a vacation would be sickening to animal lovers.

Calie Rydings, a spokesperson for the RSPCA, said: “Evidence from the RSPCA and other animal charities suggests some people chose to get rid of pets rather than pay for them to be looked after while they are on holiday. In other cases, money may be spent on holidays and on other summer treats rather than seek vet attention for ill or newborn animals, so they are imply discarded.”

Sky.com reported that it is dogs that are most often abandoned, with RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood pointing out that the UK is supposedly a nation of animal lovers, yet many pet owners are treating their companions like “rubbish”.