Cats dumped in a cardboard box and rabbit abandoned overnight at Raystede.
Friday 26 October
Raystede’s Chief Executive has spoken out after 2 incidents of animals being abandoned at Raystede just days apart.
Nigel Mason, Raystede’s Chief Executive said:
‘Last night at 10.30pm our onsite security saw a car pull up at the gates to Raystede and a leave a large cardboard box behind. The box, held together with flimsy tape, contained two very frightened black and white adult cats. They would soon have escaped and been vulnerable to injury so near to a busy road had the onsite security not seen the incident on CCTV monitors.
This comes just days apart from a domestic rabbit being abandoned in the same way.
‘This is a hugely irresponsible way of disposing of unwanted animals. At a time when Raystede is already under immense pressure to take in animals, with 80 cats on our waiting list alone, this behaviour really impacts heavily on our already stretched resources.’
He went on to say:
‘We know nothing about these animal’s histories which adds extra costs for quarantining and additional health screening with our vet, before they can go into our rehoming units. We have captured both vehicles on CCTV and I urge the owners of these animals to do the right thing and come forward voluntarily to give us as much information as they can, to save us money and improve the animal’s chances of finding a new home as quickly as possible.’