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RSPCA in lockdown plea as number of animals in West Norfolk care soars

Almost 180 animals remain in the care of a leading charity’s West Norfolk rescue centre as its work continues during the coronavirus lockdown.

RSPCA officials launched an emergency appeal last month for donations to help them continue to reach animals in need.

The charity says it has attended 365 incidents in Norfolk alone since the lockdown began - the equivalent of 12 every day.

This dog is one of hundreds of animals rescued by the RSPCA in Norfolk since the coronavirus lockdown began (34152429)
This dog is one of hundreds of animals rescued by the RSPCA in Norfolk since the coronavirus lockdown began (34152429)

And a total of 177 animals are currently being looked after at its rescue centre in East Winch, up more than 40 over the same period.

In one case from the county, an RSPCA inspector spent two hours working to rescue a frightened dog who had been abandoned in a garden.

Dermot Murphy, the RSPCA’s chief inspectorate officer, said: “Despite the lockdown, there are still thousands of animals which need our help.

“As designated key workers, our frontline rescuers are still out and about rescuing animals in urgent need of care.

“The coronavirus crisis hasn’t put a stop to animal suffering and these figures show there are still many animals out there that need rescuing.

“However, our resources are under huge strain and vital funding is needed to keep our rescue teams out on the road.

“We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but we must still be here for animals who are suffering and we are appealing for animal lovers to give whatever they can to help us.”

The RSPCA is also urging pet owners to prepare an emergency care plan should they be admitted to hospital with Coronavirus, including placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside.

They say officers have had to rescue animals from the homes of people who have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19, who may not have anyone else to care for them while their owners are being treated.

Anyone who is able to donate can do so online at www.rspca.org.uk/covid.

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