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RSPCA Block Fen in Wimblington currently caring for 106 animals

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In the month since the start of the lockdown, the RSPCA has dealt with 286 incidents in Cambridgeshire alone.

The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.

Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government but vital funding is needed to help its front line staff continue this crucial work.

Abandoned lurcher Harvey. (34092784)
Abandoned lurcher Harvey. (34092784)

The county animal centre, RSPCA Block Fen in Wimblington, currently has 106 animals in its care, including a lurcher named Harvey who was abandoned in a garden. An RSPCA inspector spent two hours trying to get the frightened dog to trust her enough to allow her to put him on a lead.

Chief inspectorate officer Dermot Murphy said: “Despite the lockdown, there are still thousands of animals which need our help. As designated key workers, our front line rescuers are still out and about rescuing animals in urgent need of care.

"The coronavirus crisis hasn't put a stop to animal suffering and these figures show there are still many animals out there that need rescuing.

“We know that this is a difficult time for everyone but we must still be here for animals who are suffering and we are appealing for animal lovers to give whatever they can to help us.”

As well as operating an emergency service, rescuing animals in need, RSPCA officers have also been collecting animals from the homes of people who have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19, who may not have anyone else to care for them while their owners are being treated.

The RSPCA is also urging pet-owners to make an emergency pet-care plan should they be admitted to hospital with Coronavirus, including placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside.

To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals like these and keep our animal hospitals and centres running for emergency treatment and round the clock care through these unprecedented times, you can donate at www.rspca.org.uk/covid

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