Rise in pets dumped by their 'lazy' owners

Oxford Mail: Dog walkers found these two rabbits in Risinghurst on Monday night Dog walkers found these two rabbits in Risinghurst on Monday night

THERE has been a spike in the number of pets being abandoned in parts of Oxford.

RSPCA animal collection officer Dennis Lovell said the charity had noticed the surge in animals being dumped in Headington, Wood Farm and Risinghurst in the past two weeks.

And the West Oxford Animal Rescue Centre said it too was also noticing more abandoned animals.

On February 14, three terrapins were found in a box in Atkins Road, Wood Farm, by police, who handed them to Evolution Reptiles. They were passed to the RSPCA.

Then, on Monday night, two rabbits found by dog walkers in Risinghurst recreation ground off Kiln Lane, were handed to Mr Lovell at his home.

On the same night three abandoned cats were found in a box in an underpass near the Green Road roundabout, Headington.

Mr Lovell said: “To find so many animals in such a small area in such a short space of time is unusual. Throughout the country we’re forever picking up animals that irresponsible owners have dumped.”

He labelled owners who failed to dispose of unwanted pets in the correct way as lazy.

He said: “People are treating these animals as throwaway items. It’s an offence to dump them like this which can lead to a fine of £5,000 and up to six months in prison. It’s very sad to see animals being dumped in this way. It’s a very lazy way of getting rid of unwanted animals. There are charities that can help, like the RSPCA, Blue Cross and Cats Protection League.”

He said the abandoned animals could have met horrible ends.

He said: “The rabbits, for example, could have become fox food if they had been left outside for long enough and the cats, if they had got out of the box, could have wandered on to a road and been killed.”

He said the terrapins had already been re-homed and he was looking after the rabbits and cats until homes were found.

Other animal charities have also called on pet owners to be responsible after witnessing a spike in the number of abandoned animals found.

Janet Butler, who runs West Oxford Animal Rescue Centre in Botley, said: “It’s getting terrible. Somebody put a rabbit in my hutch with another rabbit. We’re so desperate at the moment, it’s getting so bad.”

Anyone can report abandoned animals by calling the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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9:04pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

People choose to have pets, the same way they choose to have children, and as such, they should be treated the same.
Nobody, except David Cameron, would choose to abandon a child, so why are individuals abandoning pets so readily?
It makes me sick.
People choose to have pets, the same way they choose to have children, and as such, they should be treated the same. Nobody, except David Cameron, would choose to abandon a child, so why are individuals abandoning pets so readily? It makes me sick. Dilligaf2010
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9:09pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Headington_angel says...

Same here, I live on Risinghurst, and it makes me sick to think of people abandoning innocent animals. I for one will be enquiring for one of the cats... My cat passed away through old age, but had a wonderful life and a loved one at that. How people can just dump animals is beyond me... they must have a heart of stone!
Same here, I live on Risinghurst, and it makes me sick to think of people abandoning innocent animals. I for one will be enquiring for one of the cats... My cat passed away through old age, but had a wonderful life and a loved one at that. How people can just dump animals is beyond me... they must have a heart of stone! Headington_angel
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9:42pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Kevin Webster Iffley Fields wrote:
Dilligaf2010 wrote:
People choose to have pets, the same way they choose to have children, and as such, they should be treated the same.
Nobody, except David Cameron, would choose to abandon a child, so why are individuals abandoning pets so readily?
It makes me sick.
I agree Dilly mate. How about Pet Benefit, to help the needy with food and Vet's costs, that would make it an equal playing field, and then little fido, or fidoess would be able to have their own right to a family life as well, without being thrown out with the Bath Water.
It doesn't cost a fortune to keep a pet, I'm owned by a cat, who gets fed on IAMs, has had the snip, and gets his booster jabs every year, despite the fact I live on Incapacity benefit.
It's all down to priorities, everything I have is bought and paid for, if I can't afford to buy something I want, I don't buy it, what's needed comes first and my boss is near the top of that list.
There are plenty of places that would help those that can't afford vet's costs, rather than see an animal suffer.
Some people obviously don't care, an animal isn't their own flesh and blood, and it's not a status symbol, so it's the first out the door.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Webster Iffley Fields[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: People choose to have pets, the same way they choose to have children, and as such, they should be treated the same. Nobody, except David Cameron, would choose to abandon a child, so why are individuals abandoning pets so readily? It makes me sick.[/p][/quote]I agree Dilly mate. How about Pet Benefit, to help the needy with food and Vet's costs, that would make it an equal playing field, and then little fido, or fidoess would be able to have their own right to a family life as well, without being thrown out with the Bath Water.[/p][/quote]It doesn't cost a fortune to keep a pet, I'm owned by a cat, who gets fed on IAMs, has had the snip, and gets his booster jabs every year, despite the fact I live on Incapacity benefit. It's all down to priorities, everything I have is bought and paid for, if I can't afford to buy something I want, I don't buy it, what's needed comes first and my boss is near the top of that list. There are plenty of places that would help those that can't afford vet's costs, rather than see an animal suffer. Some people obviously don't care, an animal isn't their own flesh and blood, and it's not a status symbol, so it's the first out the door. Dilligaf2010
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9:43pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

Headington_angel wrote:
Same here, I live on Risinghurst, and it makes me sick to think of people abandoning innocent animals. I for one will be enquiring for one of the cats... My cat passed away through old age, but had a wonderful life and a loved one at that. How people can just dump animals is beyond me... they must have a heart of stone!
I hope you're lucky, and become owned by one of the cats soon ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Headington_angel[/bold] wrote: Same here, I live on Risinghurst, and it makes me sick to think of people abandoning innocent animals. I for one will be enquiring for one of the cats... My cat passed away through old age, but had a wonderful life and a loved one at that. How people can just dump animals is beyond me... they must have a heart of stone![/p][/quote]I hope you're lucky, and become owned by one of the cats soon ;-) Dilligaf2010
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10:41pm Thu 28 Feb 13

dennis41 says...

The cats have a mild dose of flu.....been to the vet and apart from that are very healthy.....and very sweet.It will be a couple of weeks before they are fit for rehoming but if you are seriously interested please feel free to contact me and we can take it from there. Sorry, should say,it was me who collected them. !
The cats have a mild dose of flu.....been to the vet and apart from that are very healthy.....and very sweet.It will be a couple of weeks before they are fit for rehoming but if you are seriously interested please feel free to contact me and we can take it from there. Sorry, should say,it was me who collected them. ! dennis41
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8:32am Fri 1 Mar 13

JanetJ says...

If this is how some people treat their pets imagine what sort of life their children have.
If this is how some people treat their pets imagine what sort of life their children have. JanetJ
  • Score: 1

9:22am Fri 1 Mar 13

GRB says...

When I see how some 'people' treat their children, there's little hope for their pets.
When I see how some 'people' treat their children, there's little hope for their pets. GRB
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Fri 1 Mar 13

MilkCup Girl says...

I agree, animals should be treated with the respect they deserve. If you can't to look after one properly, don't get one to start with. Puppies grow into dogs, and kittens to cats, it seems far too often once they have lost their cute and cuddly apearance, they are surplus to requirement. My cats have always been treated with love and affection, and I wouldn't dream of doing othewise. In fact the the joke in our house is the cats get more fuss and attention than the adults!
I agree, animals should be treated with the respect they deserve. If you can't to look after one properly, don't get one to start with. Puppies grow into dogs, and kittens to cats, it seems far too often once they have lost their cute and cuddly apearance, they are surplus to requirement. My cats have always been treated with love and affection, and I wouldn't dream of doing othewise. In fact the the joke in our house is the cats get more fuss and attention than the adults! MilkCup Girl
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2:38pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

MilkCup Girl wrote:
I agree, animals should be treated with the respect they deserve. If you can't to look after one properly, don't get one to start with. Puppies grow into dogs, and kittens to cats, it seems far too often once they have lost their cute and cuddly apearance, they are surplus to requirement. My cats have always been treated with love and affection, and I wouldn't dream of doing othewise. In fact the the joke in our house is the cats get more fuss and attention than the adults!
...."the cats get more fuss and attention than the adults!"....
.....and so they should, we don't own cats, they own us, and they should be worshipped accordingly ;-p
[quote][p][bold]MilkCup Girl[/bold] wrote: I agree, animals should be treated with the respect they deserve. If you can't to look after one properly, don't get one to start with. Puppies grow into dogs, and kittens to cats, it seems far too often once they have lost their cute and cuddly apearance, they are surplus to requirement. My cats have always been treated with love and affection, and I wouldn't dream of doing othewise. In fact the the joke in our house is the cats get more fuss and attention than the adults![/p][/quote]...."the cats get more fuss and attention than the adults!".... .....and so they should, we don't own cats, they own us, and they should be worshipped accordingly ;-p Dilligaf2010
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5:51pm Fri 1 Mar 13

oafie says...

Kevin Webster Iffley Fields wrote:
Dilligaf2010 wrote:
People choose to have pets, the same way they choose to have children, and as such, they should be treated the same.
Nobody, except David Cameron, would choose to abandon a child, so why are individuals abandoning pets so readily?
It makes me sick.
I agree Dilly mate. How about Pet Benefit, to help the needy with food and Vet's costs, that would make it an equal playing field, and then little fido, or fidoess would be able to have their own right to a family life as well, without being thrown out with the Bath Water.
Yes Kevin Webster you are quite right!
Consider...
There are plenty of people who have pets for many reasons, one of which might be that they have not had the good fortune of having children; although of course they are expected to pay for those of others through higher taxes than parents pay.
Indeed how many parents are there that continue to have children even when they are already in poverty and who have never paid income tax or national insurance.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Webster Iffley Fields[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: People choose to have pets, the same way they choose to have children, and as such, they should be treated the same. Nobody, except David Cameron, would choose to abandon a child, so why are individuals abandoning pets so readily? It makes me sick.[/p][/quote]I agree Dilly mate. How about Pet Benefit, to help the needy with food and Vet's costs, that would make it an equal playing field, and then little fido, or fidoess would be able to have their own right to a family life as well, without being thrown out with the Bath Water.[/p][/quote]Yes Kevin Webster you are quite right! Consider... There are plenty of people who have pets for many reasons, one of which might be that they have not had the good fortune of having children; although of course they are expected to pay for those of others through higher taxes than parents pay. Indeed how many parents are there that continue to have children even when they are already in poverty and who have never paid income tax or national insurance. oafie
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6:13pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Feelingsmatter says...

Kevin Webster, you're a new name here. Have you named yourself after the character played by a man who is currently on trial for sex offenses, or do you have the misfortune of sharing his name? If it's the latter, I have enormous sympathy for you.
Kevin Webster, you're a new name here. Have you named yourself after the character played by a man who is currently on trial for sex offenses, or do you have the misfortune of sharing his name? If it's the latter, I have enormous sympathy for you. Feelingsmatter
  • Score: 1

10:26am Sat 2 Mar 13

Feelingsmatter says...

Kevin Webster Iffley Fields wrote:
Feelingsmatter wrote:
Kevin Webster, you're a new name here. Have you named yourself after the character played by a man who is currently on trial for sex offenses, or do you have the misfortune of sharing his name? If it's the latter, I have enormous sympathy for you.
I think you mean M. Le Vell, some people have trouble separating reality. I just felt sorry for people called Alan Bradley 20 odd years ago, as people really tried to kill them.
No, I have no trouble separating reality from soaps; if you read my comment carefully you'll see that I said the character Kevin Webster who although innocent will for ever be tainted by Le Vell's reputation.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Webster Iffley Fields[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feelingsmatter[/bold] wrote: Kevin Webster, you're a new name here. Have you named yourself after the character played by a man who is currently on trial for sex offenses, or do you have the misfortune of sharing his name? If it's the latter, I have enormous sympathy for you.[/p][/quote]I think you mean M. Le Vell, some people have trouble separating reality. I just felt sorry for people called Alan Bradley 20 odd years ago, as people really tried to kill them.[/p][/quote]No, I have no trouble separating reality from soaps; if you read my comment carefully you'll see that I said the character Kevin Webster who although innocent will for ever be tainted by Le Vell's reputation. Feelingsmatter
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