RSPCA staff called out more than 1,200 times in lockdown - The Evesham Observer

RSPCA staff called out more than 1,200 times in lockdown

Evesham Editorial 11th Aug, 2020   0

DEDICATED RSPCA staff have responded to 100,000 incidents during lockdown with 1,231 in Worcestershire, new figures have revealed.

The animal welfare charity’s frontline officers, animal carers and vets have continued to rescue, treat and care for animals in need since the country went into lockdown on March 23.

Between March 24 and August 5, the RSPCA has answered 442,344 calls and dealt with 106,676 incidents – that’s an average of 790 incidents a day. In Worcestershire, officers have responded to 1,231 incidents – an average of nine a day.

As well as operating an emergency service, rescuing animals in need, RSPCA officers have also been collecting 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.

Dermot Murphy, chief inspectorate officer, said: “We’ve had to quickly and drastically change the way we work during these unprecedented times, from the way we rehome animals to the PPE we wear when responding to calls.

“But the priority for us during lockdown has been to continue to be there for those animals who need us – while also helping people who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

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