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RSPCA: 6,000 reported incidents over festive period

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RSPCA Cymru is warning of a surge in animals facing neglect and cruelty over the Christmas period.

Last year, the charity said it saw nearly 6,000 incidents reported over the festive period. 141 of those happening across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

From poorly, unwanted pets callously dumped on the streets to animals and wildlife deliberately cruelly treated, RSPCA inspectors are preparing to see heartbreaking cruelty and neglect this festive season.

– RSPCA Cymru

The charity has launched 'Kindness at Christmas Appeal' to help animals facing neglect and cruelty.

In the appeal, people are urged to help care for abused, neglected and sick animals.

It’s a sad fact that every day at work throughout the year can be tough for our inspectors and animal welfare and collection officers, but winter really does come with its own challenges and issues.

During the festive season alone last year, we rescued hundreds of animals, many of whom had been cruelly abandoned, injured or abused.

But we also saw so many acts of kindness by animal lovers who cared for animals that had been abandoned, to those who reported suffering animals to our cruelty hotline or volunteers caring for animals in our centres and branches.

– RSPCA Cymru superintendent Martyn Hubbard

The RSPCA across England and Wales expects to take in around 19,000 animals in need this December and January.