RSPCA inspector hits out after cats dumped in car park

RSPCA inspector hits out after cats dumped in car park

RSPCA inspector hits out after cats dumped in car park

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AN RSPCA inspector has spoken out after two adult cats were dumped in a car park.

Graham Hammond said the cats, a tortoiseshell and a ginger male, were found in the downstairs parking area at Castlepoint Shopping Centre, Bournemouth, on Friday.

The cats are not microchipped, but they are healthy and comfortable with people.

Insp Hammond said: “Thank-fully, someone did find these abandoned cats and reported it to security, so they are now safely with us. However, there was a real risk they could have got out of the cat carrier as part of its door was broken, and then it might have been a different story.”

After the find, RSPCA workers have been calling the cats Marcia and Spencer.

One of the cats has a collar, and the male has been neutered, but the RSPCA has no clues as to where the animals came from.

“It’s not a very Christmassy spirit thing to do,” said Insp Hammond.

“The cats are in good condition, and nothing untoward has happened to them physically.

“They are very friendly too.

“If anyone knows a home which had two cats matching this description that suddenly aren’t there any more, we would like to hear from them.

“We want to find out what has happened that led to these healthy cats being dumped in a car park.”

The cats were found at around lunchtime on Friday, and it is thought they weren’t in the car park for long before they were discovered.

The inspector said: “Unfor-tunately, there isn’t any CCTV footage, and so we do need help tracking down the owners of these cats.

“If anyone knows anything, we’d ask them to telephone our cruelty line which is on 0300 1234 999.”

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8:56am Mon 7 Jan 13

TD61 says...

Unfortunately, while it is not acceptable in any circumstances to dump animals in this way, at least they were found quickly and not dumped in a skip/dustbin where they may not have been found in time.

The problem is that with so many people losing their homes or relationships it is always the animals who suffer first and I know a couple who are being evicted from their home because their landlord wants to sell it.

They have a cat and a dog and both the RSPCA and Cats Protection have told them they cannot take their pets for 18 weeks as they have a backlog. My friends have to be out of their present home in 6 weeks and have been unable to find somewhere to live that will allow pets. Why do so many landlords refuse pets? That is often the crux of the problem today in my opinion.

While I can understand the backlog of animals looking for new homes - making people wait for so long before they can take an animal will make people resort to tactics such as dumping their pets - many times I daresay it is done out of desperation because they simply do not have the time to wait for the animal services to take their pets.

I hope the cats will find lovely new homes. Unfortunately, cases such as theirs will just rise in numbers with the governments shake up of benefits and rent allowances, not to mention the rise in people being laid off from jobs etc.

What a miserable start to the New Year :(
Unfortunately, while it is not acceptable in any circumstances to dump animals in this way, at least they were found quickly and not dumped in a skip/dustbin where they may not have been found in time. The problem is that with so many people losing their homes or relationships it is always the animals who suffer first and I know a couple who are being evicted from their home because their landlord wants to sell it. They have a cat and a dog and both the RSPCA and Cats Protection have told them they cannot take their pets for 18 weeks as they have a backlog. My friends have to be out of their present home in 6 weeks and have been unable to find somewhere to live that will allow pets. Why do so many landlords refuse pets? That is often the crux of the problem today in my opinion. While I can understand the backlog of animals looking for new homes - making people wait for so long before they can take an animal will make people resort to tactics such as dumping their pets - many times I daresay it is done out of desperation because they simply do not have the time to wait for the animal services to take their pets. I hope the cats will find lovely new homes. Unfortunately, cases such as theirs will just rise in numbers with the governments shake up of benefits and rent allowances, not to mention the rise in people being laid off from jobs etc. What a miserable start to the New Year :( TD61
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8:58am Mon 7 Jan 13

TD61 says...

Oh and I meant to add - not a good add for security of customers cars is it - not having CCTV in the lower car park!!

Shame on Castlepoint - and no wonder there are so many cars broken into down there!!!
Oh and I meant to add - not a good add for security of customers cars is it - not having CCTV in the lower car park!! Shame on Castlepoint - and no wonder there are so many cars broken into down there!!! TD61
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9:56am Mon 7 Jan 13

rozmister says...

I've got to be out of my home in seven weeks and am currently looking for a flat. I started looking 2 weeks ago and I've already seen four flats that accept pets and have another one to view this week. Granted none of them so far have been quite what we're looking for but if we have to we'll take a property that doesn't match OUR desire so we can keep our family together.
People take on pets and don't realise they are for life; you shouldn't get them if you won't always go the extra mile to keep them in your family.
I've got to be out of my home in seven weeks and am currently looking for a flat. I started looking 2 weeks ago and I've already seen four flats that accept pets and have another one to view this week. Granted none of them so far have been quite what we're looking for but if we have to we'll take a property that doesn't match OUR desire so we can keep our family together. People take on pets and don't realise they are for life; you shouldn't get them if you won't always go the extra mile to keep them in your family. rozmister
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9:56am Mon 7 Jan 13

elite50 says...

Possibly some neighbour got sick of the cats killing the local wildlife and removed them.
It is strange that the high moral ground seems to vanish from under the feet of the R.S.P.C.A. when cats do what cats do.
Probably the "cash cow" of cat lovers would dry up if they did.
Possibly some neighbour got sick of the cats killing the local wildlife and removed them. It is strange that the high moral ground seems to vanish from under the feet of the R.S.P.C.A. when cats do what cats do. Probably the "cash cow" of cat lovers would dry up if they did. elite50
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10:47am Mon 7 Jan 13

CourtOffside says...

TD61 wrote:
Unfortunately, while it is not acceptable in any circumstances to dump animals in this way, at least they were found quickly and not dumped in a skip/dustbin where they may not have been found in time.

The problem is that with so many people losing their homes or relationships it is always the animals who suffer first and I know a couple who are being evicted from their home because their landlord wants to sell it.

They have a cat and a dog and both the RSPCA and Cats Protection have told them they cannot take their pets for 18 weeks as they have a backlog. My friends have to be out of their present home in 6 weeks and have been unable to find somewhere to live that will allow pets. Why do so many landlords refuse pets? That is often the crux of the problem today in my opinion.

While I can understand the backlog of animals looking for new homes - making people wait for so long before they can take an animal will make people resort to tactics such as dumping their pets - many times I daresay it is done out of desperation because they simply do not have the time to wait for the animal services to take their pets.

I hope the cats will find lovely new homes. Unfortunately, cases such as theirs will just rise in numbers with the governments shake up of benefits and rent allowances, not to mention the rise in people being laid off from jobs etc.

What a miserable start to the New Year :(
There's more rescues than just the RSPCA and Cats Protection about. If people have no alternative but to rehome them, and they really care about your animal they'll take the time and effort to find one with space.

There's never any excuse to dump an animal.
[quote][p][bold]TD61[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, while it is not acceptable in any circumstances to dump animals in this way, at least they were found quickly and not dumped in a skip/dustbin where they may not have been found in time. The problem is that with so many people losing their homes or relationships it is always the animals who suffer first and I know a couple who are being evicted from their home because their landlord wants to sell it. They have a cat and a dog and both the RSPCA and Cats Protection have told them they cannot take their pets for 18 weeks as they have a backlog. My friends have to be out of their present home in 6 weeks and have been unable to find somewhere to live that will allow pets. Why do so many landlords refuse pets? That is often the crux of the problem today in my opinion. While I can understand the backlog of animals looking for new homes - making people wait for so long before they can take an animal will make people resort to tactics such as dumping their pets - many times I daresay it is done out of desperation because they simply do not have the time to wait for the animal services to take their pets. I hope the cats will find lovely new homes. Unfortunately, cases such as theirs will just rise in numbers with the governments shake up of benefits and rent allowances, not to mention the rise in people being laid off from jobs etc. What a miserable start to the New Year :([/p][/quote]There's more rescues than just the RSPCA and Cats Protection about. If people have no alternative but to rehome them, and they really care about your animal they'll take the time and effort to find one with space. There's never any excuse to dump an animal. CourtOffside
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10:53am Mon 7 Jan 13

Adrian XX says...

rozmister wrote:
I've got to be out of my home in seven weeks and am currently looking for a flat. I started looking 2 weeks ago and I've already seen four flats that accept pets and have another one to view this week. Granted none of them so far have been quite what we're looking for but if we have to we'll take a property that doesn't match OUR desire so we can keep our family together.
People take on pets and don't realise they are for life; you shouldn't get them if you won't always go the extra mile to keep them in your family.
People can't even stick to their marriage vows (which are meant to be for life), so they're unlikely to be able to commit to a pet for life. Lifelong commitment is an ideal which many people simply fail to achieve.
[quote][p][bold]rozmister[/bold] wrote: I've got to be out of my home in seven weeks and am currently looking for a flat. I started looking 2 weeks ago and I've already seen four flats that accept pets and have another one to view this week. Granted none of them so far have been quite what we're looking for but if we have to we'll take a property that doesn't match OUR desire so we can keep our family together. People take on pets and don't realise they are for life; you shouldn't get them if you won't always go the extra mile to keep them in your family.[/p][/quote]People can't even stick to their marriage vows (which are meant to be for life), so they're unlikely to be able to commit to a pet for life. Lifelong commitment is an ideal which many people simply fail to achieve. Adrian XX
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11:19am Mon 7 Jan 13

iampuzzled says...

Headline 'inspector hits out', why was he not arrested for assault?
Headline 'inspector hits out', why was he not arrested for assault? iampuzzled
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3:50pm Mon 7 Jan 13

dvdr says...

I gather that the RSPCA have lots of money, much of it used to bring private prosecutions. Who can they attack this time? What will the poor starving lawyers do without more fees coming in?
I gather that the RSPCA have lots of money, much of it used to bring private prosecutions. Who can they attack this time? What will the poor starving lawyers do without more fees coming in? dvdr
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7:54pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Nick Hall says...

The people who left the cats put them where they would be found.

The RSPCA no longer take animals from people who can no longer keep them. They do not take strays. In fact they do very little other than campaign for more money!

And while they rake in the thousands the small rescues who they are trying to close down do the work the RSPCA should be doing while running on a shoestring budget.

Shame on you RSPCA..

No wonder there is a petition asking the government to investigate you. I hope everyone who reads this goes and signs it and doesn't give you another penny.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/43807

We ask the government to investigate the RSPCA's activities, especially where they infringe civl or legal rights.

Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The RSPCA use "bully boy" tactics against innocent members of the public to bring prosecutions. They often infringe on citizens civil and legal rights.
They misuse funds which have been donated by members of the public specifically for animal welfare for their own political gain in bringing these often vexatious prosecutions. This petition asks that the government investigate fully the actions of the RSPCA, ensure that they are unable to prosecute anyone as that is the remit of the CPS and ensure tighter rules are in place from the charities commission to prevent registered charities from using funds for political lobbying or bringing private prosecutions.
The people who left the cats put them where they would be found. The RSPCA no longer take animals from people who can no longer keep them. They do not take strays. In fact they do very little other than campaign for more money! And while they rake in the thousands the small rescues who they are trying to close down do the work the RSPCA should be doing while running on a shoestring budget. Shame on you RSPCA.. No wonder there is a petition asking the government to investigate you. I hope everyone who reads this goes and signs it and doesn't give you another penny. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/43807 We ask the government to investigate the RSPCA's activities, especially where they infringe civl or legal rights. Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs The RSPCA use "bully boy" tactics against innocent members of the public to bring prosecutions. They often infringe on citizens civil and legal rights. They misuse funds which have been donated by members of the public specifically for animal welfare for their own political gain in bringing these often vexatious prosecutions. This petition asks that the government investigate fully the actions of the RSPCA, ensure that they are unable to prosecute anyone as that is the remit of the CPS and ensure tighter rules are in place from the charities commission to prevent registered charities from using funds for political lobbying or bringing private prosecutions. Nick Hall
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