Sussex pets suspended as cost of living crisis hits UK

The number of abandoned animals has doubled as owners are forced to give up their pets as the cost of living rises.

According to the RSPCA, over 500 reports of abandoned animals have been made in Sussex so far this year.

Almost 300 of these have been reported in West Sussex, where the numbers are nearly the same as for all of 2021.

The Argus: Dogs have been abandoned across SussexDogs have been abandoned across Sussex

Owners are being forced to give up their animals due to a number of factors including rising prices and families unable to care for their lockdown pets.

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA, said: “The idea of ​​putting your cat in a cat carrier and taking it to a secluded spot in the woods before you go away, or throwing your dog out of the car and driving when Running behind the vehicle in desperation is absolutely unthinkable and heartbreaking for most pet owners – but sadly, every day we see animals so ruthlessly abandoned.

“We understand that sometimes the unexpected can happen – the pandemic and cost of living crisis have proven that – but there is never an excuse to abandon an animal. There are always other options for those who are in need and can no longer afford to keep their pet.”

Among the animals abandoned in Sussex this year is Sizzle, a six-year-old dachshund who is being cared for at Mount Noddy Rescue Center in Chichester.

The Argus: Sizzle, 6, is looking for a new home in West SussexSizzle, 6, is looking for a new home in West Sussex

It is believed that Sizzle was registered abroad and had multiple litters of puppies.

Other dogs being cared for in the area include mongrel Nigel, who was abandoned over a year ago.

He’s still looking for a new home but has been described as “quick with people.”

The Argus: Nigel is described as happy to befriend humansNigel is described as happy to make friends with people

According to a YouGov poll, nearly 80 percent of pet owners were concerned that the cost-of-living crisis would affect their pet’s care, with concerns particularly prevalent among cat owners.

Almost 40,000 pets were abandoned in 2021, more than half of which were dogs and cats. The RSPCA has also been contacted about exotic animals such as snakes.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20861063.sussex-pets-abandoned-cost-living-crisis-hits-uk/?ref=rss Sussex pets suspended as cost of living crisis hits UK

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