Thursday 22 August 2013

Three pets have been abandoned at a house in Mountain Ash by their owners who are suspected of doing a “midnight flit” from the property.

Police officers and RSPCA Inspector Gemma Cooper were called to the house in Dilwyn Street after being alerted by a member of the public.

As there were no keys available for the property access was gained through the front window of the house.

Inside a St Bernard dog, a cat and a hamster were discovered and despite the fact they may have been there for a few days they seemed to be in reasonable condition.

The dog weighed around 12 stone and it took three police officers, two members of public and Inspector  Cooper to get him out through the window.


St BernardThe St Bernard being lifted through the window

Inspector Cooper said: “Unfortunately we are seeing many abandoned animals at the moment when people are moving house and leaving their animals or going on holiday. It is an offence to abandon any animal and there is never any excuse for  doing so.  If people have pets they cannot care for, for any reason, then help and advice is always available from the RSPCA and other animal charities. Abandonment will not be tolerated and the owners will be prosecuted.”

The animals are now all in the care of the RSPCA and if the owners do not come forward within 14 days the animals will be rehomed. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999

To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).