A not so merry Christ­mas for dumped Yule and Noel

An­i­mal char­ity re­ceived 16,000 calls over the fes­tive pe­riod

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN an­i­mal char­ity re­sponded to more than 16,000 calls across the coun­try dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod, in­clud­ing res­cu­ing two cats who were aban­doned on a doorstep in Ruis­lip.

While fam­i­lies were en­joy­ing the fes­tive sea­son in Eng­land and Wales, ded­i­cated RSPCA of­fi­cers were called a va­ri­ety of an­i­mal emer­gen­cies.

The char­ity re­ceived 16,118 calls be­tween De­cem­ber 18 and 27, and res­cued 24,651 an­i­mals – in­clud­ing 2,417 that had been aban­doned.

As­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the RSPCA in­spec­torate, Der­mot Mur­phy, said: “The RSPCA’s ded­i­cated staff and vol­un­teers work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – ev­ery­thing doesn’t grind to a halt for us just be­cause it’s Christ­mas.

“Sadly, there are al­ways an­i­mals that need us over the fes­tive pe­riod and there are also thou­sands in our care who need look­ing af­ter, so it’s busi­ness as usual for our amaz­ing staff and our won­der­ful vol­un­teers – true an­i­mal he­roes.”

Just five days be­fore Christ­mas, on De­cem­ber 20, RSPCA in­spec­tor Dale Grant was called to Queens Walk in Ruis­lip af­ter a man had found two cats in a pet car­rier dumped on his doorstep.

The one-year-old cats were taken to RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West branch in Field End Road, East­cote.

Now of­fi­cially named Yule and Noel, the cats, one black and one black and white, were not mi­crochipped.

So un­less their own­ers come for­ward to claim them, the pair will be re­homed in the New Year.

On Christ­mas Day, in­spec­tor Rachel Smith was on duty deal­ing with emer­gen­cies when she was called to help a dear tan­gled in net­ting in Kings Lan­g­ley, Hert­ford­shire – just one of 827 calls re­ceived on De­cem­ber 25.

A woman had spot­ted the dis­tressed deer with her back legs caught in a foot­ball net.

In­spec­tor Smith said: “This poor lit­tle doe couldn’t keep up with Dancer, Prancer and the rest of Santa’s gang as she got tan­gled in the net­ting.

“Thank­fully, I was able to cut her free and – as she wasn’t in­jured – re­leased her back into the wild where she be­longs.”

ABAN­DONED: The cats res­cued in Ruis­lip

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