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RSPCA urges against buying Christmas pets

Abandoned puppies
The RSPCA says these two puppies were found abandoned in a cardboard box just before Christmas last year

The RSPCA says people should think twice about buying pets as Christmas presents.

In the week between Christmas and New Year last year, more than 700 animals were abandoned and almost 22 thousand calls made to the society’s 24-hour cruelty advice line.

The organisation says its animal centres, including the Southridge, near Potters Bar, struggle to cope with the stream of abandoned pets and unwanted animals brought in each Christmas.

The RSPCA’s chief vet, Chris Laurence, says that every year the organisation has to deal with animals that are abandoned once the novelty of a new pet wears off.

"We hope people will think twice about buying pets as Christmas presents and realize how important it is to carefully consider the cost, care and commitment involved in looking after animals for the rest of their life," he said.

The RSPCA says dog owners can expect to pay up to £9,600 over the lifetime of their pet once the cost of feeding, micro chipping, neutering, veterinary fees and insurance premiums are added together.

The RSPCA centre at Southridge, Packhorse Lane Ridge, Potters Bar is open from Monday to Saturday 11am to 4.30pm and Sundays from 1pm to 4.30pm. It is closed on Wednesdays. The RSPCA cruelty line is 0870-55-55-999.

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December 20, 2002

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