Two animals have been found dead, two are still at large and a further three have had to be put to sleep to end their suffering.
In addition to the eight neglected Persian cats that the charity rescued on Saturday (one of which was found dead), other callous abandonments have included:
Seven budgies, one having died, were found on a grass verge by the side of the road in Cheltenham on Saturday. The dead adult budgie was found along with six fledglings which are no more than five months old. Found near Notgrove Station, Notgrove, the birds were cold, wet, hungry and in great danger. RSPCA animal welfare officer Adrian Langley is investigating the abandonments.
Two days later, on Monday November the 7, a bag containing six hamsters was tossed from a car on Holly Lane, Smethwick. A witness saw a female driving a red Peugeot 206 car dump the bag. One hamster escaped but the others have been rescued and are now in RSPCA care. Three are at RSPCA Birmingham Animal Hospital due to health issues which include an injured eye and abscess. RSPCA animal welfare officer Boris Lasserre is investigating.
On Wednesday six poorly young cats were discovered on a blanket in a layby on Scotland Lane, Birmingham. Five were rescued by animal collection officer, Simon Dix, but one black and white cat escaped. The extremely thin cats were in poor condition; smelly, malnourished and suffering from flu – three so severely that they had to be put to sleep to end their suffering. The two surviving cats are currently receiving veterinary treatment at RSPCA Birmingham Animal Hospital. RSPCA inspector Scott Vanes is investigating and is trying to locate the sixth cat.
Inspector Vanes said: â€œThis is despicable behaviour and we must make it clear to anyone thinking of dumping a pet that it is a criminal offence to abandon any animal in a manner likely to cause suffering. And let me be very clear – if you are going to dump a pet, by the side of a road, left to fend for itself, open to all sorts of dangers, then this animal is likely to suffer. There is simply no excuse for such selfish acts of neglect, animals are dying and being put through so much distress and pain because their owners arenâ€™t willing to take responsibility and act as a responsible pet owner should. This cold, calculated and callous behaviour must stop.â€
The RSPCA is appealing for information about all of the above abandonments and would urge anyone with information to please contact the charity. Calls can be made to the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.