The case of a dying dog who was thrown over a six foot fence onto concrete at Blackpool’s RSPCA centre is being used by charity bosses to highlight animal cruelty cases.
Boris – greyhound-type dog –was found by staff at Longview Animal Centre, Marton, in February, he was weak and suffering with a potentially fatal virus.
Charity bosses today revealed his was one of 29,770 cases of animal cruelty dealt with so far this year, in England and Wales.
Lancashire ranks highly in the numbers of abandonment cases for each county – third worst in the north of England and fifth worst nationally, as 1,045 cases were dealt with.
Animal centre manager Rachel Rogers said: “Boris was lying there on the concrete floor in the cold, he couldn’t stand and couldn’t even lift his own head.
“To dump an animal in this kind of state is an absolutely atrocious thing to do.”
Thankfully Boris made a recovery and was re-homed by the Blackpool branch of the charity.
Now, as the RSPCA prepares to deal with up to 50,000 more animals needing help this year, bosses are appealing for help.
The winter campaign has been launched to look at all aspects of the challenging winter work the RSPCA faces, from the rise in abandonments to weather related rescues and the increase in violence towards animals.
To support the RSPCA’s winter campaign, text RESCUE to 70800 to donate £3.