Five abandoned animals rescued by RSPCA over Christmas in Suffolk – Martlesham Animal Centre still needs families to re-home pets

The RSPCA in Martlesham are looking for people who would like to rehome some of their animals.

The RSPCA in Martlesham are looking for people who would like to rehome some of their animals. Deputy manager Becky Fox with male lurcher puppy called Rudolph. - Credit: Archant

Five abandoned animals were rescued in Suffolk over Christmas, the RSPCA has said.

It is a slight rise from four last year.

But nationally, a total of 211 abandoned animals were rescued by the RSPCA in the two-week period between Christmas Eve and Wednesday.

This is down by almost 50% from the 419 animals rescued during the same period in 2010/11.

There are three RSPCA animal rescue centres in Suffolk – at Martlesham, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

Becky Fox, deputy manager at the Martlesham branch in Mill Lane, said: “Four or five years ago when the recession hit people were panicking. We are slowly working our way out of that but you still see it (animals being abandoned) because people cannot afford vet and medical care.

“We are still appealing for people to please come and see us and re-home an animal.”

On Monday, the branch said they have been inundated with animals which need a new home over the festive period.

See our photo gallery of the animals here.

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Call the Martlesham branch on 0300 999 7321.

Meanwhile, RSPCA chief inspector Dermot Murphy said he was pleased to see the number of abandonments fall by such a significant amount.

He said: “A drop in abandonments is an encouraging sign and hopefully it shows that pet owners across England and Wales are taking more responsibility for their animals, even when times might be tough or circumstances change.

“We have been persisting with the message that abandoning animals is not acceptable for many years, so it is heartening to see that it seems to be sinking in even though we still rescued more than 11,000 abandoned animals in total during 2014.

“The festive fortnight has still proven to be a busy time. Our teams on the frontline have been working day and night to help injured, trapped and neglected animals and will continue to do so throughout the coming year.

“Hopefully those animals that needed our help in recent weeks will enjoy a more settled Christmas next time around.”

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