1. ITV Report

RSPCA: More than a dozen cats being dumped every day

More than a dozen cats are being dumped in England and Wales every day. Credit: Patrick Pleul /PA Images

The RSPCA has warned of "a crisis" in the UK cat population after being "completely overrun" with abandoned cats and kittens.

The animal welfare charity said moggies were "coming in every day" to its rescue centres and some are in need of urgent medical treatment.

Last year, 4,521 abandoned cats were collected by the charity across England and Wales - more than any other animal. That figure is the equivalent to more than a dozen cats being dumped every day.

Up until September this year the charity had collected 3,197 abandoned cats.

This highlights the needs for more education to ensure potential cat owners understand the commitment, responsibility and costs involved in taking on a pet, as well as the importance of neutering cats.

There is no excuse for this sort of behaviour as there is always someone, somewhere who will help people if needed.

There are lots of organisations, such as the RSPCA, Cats Protection and local vets, who offer assistance with the costs of neutering.

We are completely overrun with cats and kittens in our centres at the moment and more are coming in every day.

– RSPCA Inspector Laura Bryant
Two unloved kittens dumped in a rubbish skip in Staffordshire, on Tuesday. Credit: RSPCA

Ms Bryant said many rescued cats and kittens are also being dumped and left for dead by their owners.

She gave an example of when the charity was called in to rescue two unloved kittens dumped in a rubbish skip in Staffordshire, on Tuesday.

Both animals were suffering badly with cat flu, and were left barely able to open their eyes.

The male kitten has since died, however the surviving litter mate - who has been named Medusa - is now responding to treatment at a local vets.

Inspector Bryant said: "These innocent, defenceless babies were dumped and left to die."