More than 70 animals dumped across Wiltshire and Hampshire during Covid-19

More than 70 animals dumped across Wiltshire and Hampshire during Covid-19

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:49am 13th May 2020.

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The RSPCA fear some people may be wrongly thinking their pet can carry coronavirus.

Since lockdown started on the 23rd March the charity has received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals across England and Wales to it's cruelty hotline - that's 40 a day.

19 have been dumped in Wiltshire and 52 in Hampshire.

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA rescue teams, said: 

"Many people are finding their pets are a real source of comfort in these anxious times and thankfully cases of abandonment are slightly lower than usual but it's heartbreaking that some animals are being dumped during this crisis.

"In most cases we don't know why pets are abandoned but it's really important to remind people that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 can be passed from pets to people.

"There is lots of help and support out there for anyone else struggling to get animal food, with health or behavioural issues, exercising their pets or managing to keep children safe around pets. Please don't be afraid to ask for help." 


Since the Government introduced the lockdown measures, the RSPCA has responded to more than 27,000 incidents of animal cruelty, neglect and suffering animals which need help.

There are more than 4,300 animals currently in RSPCA care.

giant rabbit rspca covid 19
This giant rabbit was one of countless animals abandoned in recent weeks.


Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government but vital funding is needed to help the RSPCA's frontline staff continue this crucial work across England and Wales.

The charity is asking you to donate whatever you can spare at

The RSPCA is also urging pet-owners to make an emergency pet-care plan should they be admitted to hospital with coronavirus, including placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside.

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