An­i­mals still be­ing abused, report SPCA

More than 3000 in­ci­dents in La­nark­shire

Hamilton Advertiser - - INTIMATIONS - Shirley Bar­tynek

Scot­tish SPCA staff re­sponded to more than 8000 in­ci­dents last year in the La­nark­shire area.

The an­i­mal wel­fare charity – which has a base in Hamil­ton – say their front­line team re­sponded to over 8140 in­ci­dents to their helpline in 2017.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Flynn said: “While Scot­land is a na­tion of an­i­mals lovers, un­for­tu­nately there are some who still abuse and ne­glect an­i­mals.”

The charity has hailed its ground­break­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme as the way for­ward.

Flynn con­tin­ued: “We firmly be­lieve that ed­u­ca­tion is the key to pre­vent­ing cru­elty and we are en­cour­aged by the con­tin­ued suc­cess of our Preven­tion through Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme for pri­mary schools, which reached more than 37,770 chil­dren in the La­nark­shire area.

“Our in­spec­tors and an­i­mal res­cue of­fi­cers also go above and be­yond in com­mu­ni­ties through­out the coun­try, working with mem­bers of the pub­lic, giv­ing ad­vice, providing sup­port and of­fer­ing as­sis­tance where pos­si­ble.”

Scot­land’s an­i­mal wel­fare charity also re­ported that they cared for more than 2200 an­i­mals at their La­nark­shire An­i­mal Res­cue and Re­hom­ing in Hamil­ton’s Both­well Road.

La­nark­shire An­i­mal Res­cue and Re­hom­ing Cen­tre Man­ager Pe­ter Flem­ing said: “Last year we found won­der­ful new homes for over 1100 an­i­mals from our cen­tre here in La­nark­shire, but there’s always more we can do to raise aware­ness of the num­ber of res­cue an­i­mals in our care.

“Many of the an­i­mals were res­cued from lives of abuse or ne­glect and some were even dis­carded like rub­bish when their own­ers de­cided they no longer wanted to look after them.

“It’s heart­break­ing to think about but peo­ple can help by giv­ing one of these pets a sec­ond chance or spread­ing the word to friends and fam­ily.

“This year we hope to find homes for even more an­i­mals and we would cer­tainly en­cour­age any­one think­ing of tak­ing on a pet to check out our web­site or visit our La­nark­shire cen­tre.”

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