RSPCA claims cruel owners paid satellite TV bills rather than feeding their pet
PUBLISHED: 11:16 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 25 April 2018
A couple chose to pay their satellite TV bills rather than feed their pet.
That is one story RSPCA Dep Ch Insp Clare Dew as the animal charity published figures on Tuesday naming the capital “the cruellest” place in the UK.
“It wasn’t not a choice about feeding the kids. It was about paying the Sky TV bill rather than feeding a pet. And it’s totally unacceptable,” Ms Dew said.
Dep Ch Insp Dew said a major problem in Tower Hamlets is people taking in stray cats which are put back on the streets if they get injured to avoid vet’s bills.
“People should take responsibility. It’s people not giving a damn quite frankly and it’s much more of a problem in the borough,” she said.
She added most people she deals with are either ignorant of their pet’s needs or arrogant saying the animal is theirs and they can do what they want to it.
The RSPCA investigated 11,259 complaints about animal cruelty in London last year – with 30 new animal welfare concerns looked into by inspectors daily.
Acting Supt Mark Miles – responsible for London and the south east – said: “Our officers are stretched to the limits. Even though I have been with the RSPCA for a long time, I am still shocked by awful incidents of cruelty.
“The job of an RSPCA officer can be tough and draining, but rescuing an animal from neglect or cruelty and knowing they are going to be given a second chance is the reason we keep doing it.”
For Dep Ch Insp Dew the solution is simple.
“It’s grassroots stuff. It’s about education and getting into schools and youth clubs to educate youngsters,” she said.
She added cat and dog breeders should take more responsibility over who they sell to before she adding dog microchipping wasn’t a perfect solution.
“It doesn’t catch the people who should care,” she said. “When you’ve chosen to bring a pet into your house you should cherish it,” she said.
If you are concerned about an animal’s welfare, report it to the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.