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Almost 700 animals abandoned in the Midlands at Christmas

Oola was found by the side of a road in Coalville in November. Credit: RSPCA

More than 4,000 animals were abandoned across England and Wales- almost 700 of these were animals dumped in the Midlands last Christmas.

The charity say it is already caring for many animals abandoned around the country this festive season.

Number of animals abandoned in the East Midlands last Christmas:

in Derbyshire
in Leicestershire
in Northamptonshire
in Nottinghamshire
in Rutland
Oola the French Bulldog was shaking with fear when a member of the public found her and called the RSPCA. Credit: RSPCA

French Bulldog Oola was found shaking with fear after she was abandoned at the side of a road in Coalville, Leicestershire.

A member of the public found the thin female dog in Whitcroft Lane and contacted the RSPCA.

She was taken to the vets where she was found to be underweight and overbred. She also needed treatment for a dry skin condition and was not microchipped.

Oola is now in the care of RSPCA Leicestershire where she will stay until she is fully recovered.

"Christmas is a busy time for us, as sadly cruelty and abandonments do not stop over the festive season and our staff work tirelessly to rescue and care for animals in need.

Last year, there were 1,684 dogs reported as abandoned in December and 1,678 abandoned in January, and there were more dogs than any other animal being abandoned over the festive period.

We understand that people's circumstances can change which may mean they can no longer cope with their pet but there is never an excuse to abandon any animal like this, as there are other options available to people who are struggling to care for their pets. Dumping a pet leaves the animal extremely scared and vulnerable, especially in the cold winter months. We would urge anyone considering getting a pet to think carefully about whether they have the time, care, patience, and resources to care for that animal for the rest of their life and if you feel you really do, then please consider giving a rescue pet a second chance this new year."

– Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA

Number of animals abandoned in the West Midlands last Christmas:

Nelly had to have her leg removed after catching an infection following being dumped in a water-filled ditch. Credit: BPM Media

Nelly was abandoned in a water-filled ditched on 10 December and had to have her leg removed after she contracted an infection.

She was discovered abandoned and terrified by a dog walker in Clevedon Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

The Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog was left tied up with a martial arts belt with a severely injured and infected paw.

The charity are asking for help to help care for animals in their care over Christmas. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA are urging people to help them care for the animals spending Christmas in their centres and hospitals with their Stock the Sleigh campaign.

The charity need donations to provide food, medicine, treats, toys and warm blankets.

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