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More animals abandoned at Raystede gates....

Tuesday 30 October

HensRaystede’s Chief Executive has spoken out after a third incident within 10 days of animals being abandoned at Raystede.

Nigel Mason, Raystede’s Chief Executive said:

‘Yet again Raystede has born the brunt of irresponsible animal owners who decided to leave 12 chickens and a cockerel at our gates during the night’.

This comes just days apart from a domestic rabbit and then two cats being abandoned in a similar way.

He added:

‘It really is not good enough to say that in some way these people did the right thing by leaving their animals at our gate. This should be seen for what it is – a criminal act. The chickens were packed so tightly into a small cage that there would almost certainly have been injury or death if they had not been found by someone visiting at about 9.30pm on Saturday night’.

He went on to say:

‘No thought has been given about how we will cope in terms of space or cost at a time when we are struggling to cope with demand on our services. These people are simply cowards who have decided to dump their animals along with their responsibilities. It is sadly the case that we already have too many cockerels on site that have to be kept separately due to their natural inclination to fight. It is really unfair on my staff to have to make the horrible decision to euthanase cockerels when we cannot find enough homes and no longer have the space or resources to care for them.'

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