Animal rescue group’s plea not to give pets as Christmas presents

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Tipperary Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have urged people not to give pets as presents this Christmas saying that its animal centre in Clonmel presently houses three times its capacity.

Tipperary Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have urged people not to give pets as presents this Christmas saying that its animal centre in Clonmel presently houses three times its capacity.

TSPCA founder Conor Hickey says that the number of animals abandoned or delivered to the charity in January each year “significantly increases” as people decide they no longer want to keep the animals or cannot afford them.

“Each year it is the same story. People abandon animals as they decide they can’t keep them or their situation has changed. We can’t take in these animals as we are already over capacity at the centre and most animal welfare organisations are in the same situation.

“We urge people in Tipperary to rethink animals as Christmas gifts,” explains Conor. Conor also says the charity has seen a rise in the number of calls reporting cases of animal cruelty in the last year.

“There has been a definite increase in reports from people about instances of animal cruelty and neglect over the past 12 months.

“The number varies all the time and we are also coming into a busy period with animals often being left without food or water outside in the elements.”

TSPCA say that they do not allow people to adopt animals from the centre in the weeks coming up to Christmas in an effort to curb the amount of pets that may be returned or abandoned in January. Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.