Photo of puppies dumped in Greater Manchester street highlights abandonment crisis for RSPCA

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The charity says that the image of the puppies highlights a real crisis in the UK

The RSPCA has released photos of five puppies found abandoned on a street in Salford. The charity has said that the incident reflects a wider issue of abandonment across the country.

Figures released by the RSPCA earlier this week shows that the charity is on course to see a shocking 32.9% rise in abandonment calls in 2023 - when compared with 2020. In Greater Manchester alone, the RSPCA expects to receive 1,291 abandonment calls this year - a rise of 45% in three years.

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The dogs are all dachshunds, and when they were found it was identified that they all had skin conditions and worms. They were found in a cage which had been dumped outside a derelict building on Oak Street in Salford. 

Animal rescue officer Jess Pierce attended to collect the puppies. When she arrived she found all the puppies were shivering, with one unable to stand properly.

She said: “They are all very thin, you can see their ribs - they have very little fat on them and it is no wonder they were shivering. They have a skin condition and were also covered in fleas and faeces; the poor puppies were not in a good state at all.

“Whoever did this left a bowl of water in the crate, but it concerns us that someone thought it was okay to abandon these puppies in the first place - they are only around 16 weeks old, so are young and defenceless. I hate to think what could have happened to them had they not been found.”

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The puppies - who have been named Belle, Jingle, Tinsel, Holly and Santa - are now at an RSPCA centre for TLC.

Jess added: “I’m urging anyone who knows who dumped these pups to get in touch with us in complete confidence. It’s not acceptable to abandon animals in such a callous way.”

The puppies found abandoned in SalfordThe puppies found abandoned in Salford
The puppies found abandoned in Salford

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, said: “The combined effects of the pandemic and the ongoing cost of living crisis has created a perfect storm - and means we expect more animals than ever will need our help this year.

"Abandonment calls to our emergency line are now at a three-year high, as we respond to an increasing number of animals being given up and dumped. “Behind these shocking statistics are thousands of vulnerable animals. Each one is a valuable life in urgent need of our help. 

“We’re desperately concerned about the coming winter months - abandonments have soared and many rescue centres are full to bursting, so we are facing an unprecedented winter crisis.”

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