RSPCA received more than 200 reports about glue traps in the last five years

The RSPCA has revealed that 243 glue trap incidents were reported to its cruelty line in the last five years (2015-2019). These reports included incidents with cats, garden birds, hedgehogs, squirrels and even a parrot.

Glue traps, also known as ‘glue boards’ or ‘sticky boards’, consist of a sheet of plastic, cardboard or wood coated with non-drying adhesive designed to trap rodents such as mice and rats as they cross the board.

The RSPCA opposes the manufacture, sale and use of glue-traps because of the unnecessary suffering they cause to animals.

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RSPCA braces for summer surge in abandonments after 138 calls in Bedfordshire last year

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in abandoned animals and fears the fallout from the COVID crisis could see more owners struggling to keep their pets.

Typically, the charity sees abandonment peak in the summer months. Between June and August 2019, 16,519 animals were reported abandoned to the RSPCA which accounts for 30% of all animals reported abandoned that year.

During the summer months the charity received 138 reports about dumped animals in Bedfordshire.

The RSPCA is braced for an even bigger impact this summer following the easing of lockdown and the financial impact on the coronavirus pandemic.

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RSPCA: 15 lockdown equine incidents in Bedfordshire

The RSPCA is warning that a financial recession could plunge the country into a second wave of an equine crisis. Which, it said, has already led to thousands of dumped and dying horses and crippled welfare charities.

The charity said it was called 15 times about equine incidents in Bedfordshire during lockdown.

In 2019, the charity received reports of more than 4,370 incidents involving horses in the south east of England, 145 in Bedfordshire, and by the end of the year it had nearly 900 in its care nationally, leaving its rescue centres full and funding hundreds more in private boarding.

Now the charity fears much worse is to come if, as expected, the COVID crisis sparks a UK and global recession.

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Cat crisis: RSPCA received 75 cat reports in Bedfordshire since lockdown

Charity warns of unneutered cats giving birth to unwanted litters

The RSPCA said that is facing a cat crisis as since the start of lockdown, there have been 6,630 cat incidents reported to its hotline. 75 of these reports were from Bedfordshire.

The charity is currently caring for 1,013 cats (as of 13 May) which is more than any other pet in its care. It fears that the situation is set to get worse as the traditional kitten season gets underway.

The lockdown is making it harder for owners to neuter their pets, which could mean even more unwanted litters coming through the charity’s doors.

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RSPCA reports 18 abandoned animals in Bedfordshire during coronavirus lockdown

The RSPCA has received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals across England & Wales since lockdown began – that’s 40 a day.

The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.

In Bedfordshire, there have been reports about 18 abandoned animals to the charity’s cruelty hotline since lockdown started on 23 March.

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Lockdown: 195 RSPCA incidents in Bedfordshire – 6 a day

In the month since the start of the lockdown, the RSPCA has dealt with 195 incidents in Bedfordshire. Across England and Wales it has dealt with over 21,000 animal incidents – an average of 660 a day, or 27 an hour.

The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.

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RSPCA appeals for information after dead puppy discovered in Kempston Hardwick

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead Chihuahua puppy was found on the side of the road. The puppy was discovered by a member of the public in Manor Road, Kempston Hardwick in Bedfordshire.

The female puppy’s body was wrapped in a greyish cream blanket and a black bin bag with a supermarket shopping basket placed upside down to cover her.

The dog, which was not microchipped, was found on Monday, 24 February 2020, at around midday.

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