Posted: Tue 12th Dec 2023

RSPCA: Call about neglected animal every five minutes – but how many in Flintshire?

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Dec 12th, 2023

A neglected animal is reported to the RSPCA every five minutes – as shocking new statistics highlight how busy the charity’s rescuers are on the frontline, with calls from Wales contributing to a winter crisis.

New figures from the animal welfare charity show that, up to the end of October, its dedicated emergency line had received 43,360 reports of neglect.

In Wales alone, the charity received 2,904 reports about neglected animals in the first 10 months of this year – with the most coming from Cardiff with 268.

In Flintshire there were 140 reports about neglected animals in the first 10 months of this year.

The distressing new statistics have been released as part of the charity’s Join the Christmas Rescue campaign – aiming to support its frontline staff ahead of what could be a “bleak” winter season for pets and other animals.

In the first ten months of the year, the line had been open for 3,474 hours – meaning it averages 12.5 calls about neglect every single hour, or one report every 288 seconds.

The number of reports the charity received about neglect in October 2023, 4,387, was also higher than the numbers reported in the same month of 2022 (3,818), 2021 (4,186), and 2020 (3,931), with incidents shooting up by an eye-watering 14.9% compared to last year.

The data follows previous statistics suggesting calls about abandoned animals are at a three-year high, with the charity expecting to receive more than 21,400 calls about unwanted and dumped animals this year too.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, said: “Thousands of animals’ lives are hanging in the balance this Christmas with animal neglect reports a real cause for concern – including in Wales.

“Across the board, our emergency line is getting a call about a neglected animal every 288 seconds. Combine those levels of neglect with rising abandonments, the cost of living crisis, and the cold weather this winter, and we fear this could be a very bleak time for animals.

“But there is hope. Our frontline officers work tirelessly to bring neglected animals to safety – and it’s the kind-hearted public who power these rescue efforts.

“This winter, our rescue teams are set to be very busy trying to help and reach so many neglected animals – which is why we need animal lovers to join the Christmas rescue now more than ever, and donate to help us be there for neglected animals in their time of need.”

One of the many animals rescued from neglect by the charity before having his life transformed is Peter. RSPCA rescuers responded to a neglect complaint and found seven tiny stacked cages containing nine cats – including Peter. The cages were sized approximately 3ft x 2ft, and were double stacked around the room.

Peter was riddled with fleas – and had been left trapped in a cage, with no food and only a filthy water bowl. Vets later confirmed Peter had a flea infestation.

Litter trays at the premises were overflowing – and the RSPCA inspector who raced to the aid of the animals was left struggling to breathe.

All of the cats – including Peter – had nowhere clean and dry to sleep or space to stretch and exercise.

The poorly puss was found with yellow staining to the white fur on his paws from being kept in such a dirty environment, and he had live fleas and hair/skin condition consistent with flea allergic dermatitis.

Thankfully, Peter and his feline friends were given the care they needed before being rehomed through the RSPCA Kent, Ashford, Tenterden & District Branch.

One of the many animals rescued by the RSPCA currently looking for a home is Great Uncle Bulgaria – who has been at RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen animal centre since March.

Great Uncle Bulgaria (left) came into RSPCA care after living as a stray. The centre suspects that he did experience cat fights during this period, having caused quite a large wound on his face which unfortunately has left some scarring on the side of his face/down a part of his neck. This is now completely healed and does not require any medication.

The five-year-old has been building his confidence at the centre after finding the cattery environment stressful at first. But with a gentle approach with staff and volunteers, he has shown he can be a real softie! Please contact the centre if you can give Great Uncle Bulgaria the perfect home he deserves.

This year the RSPCA is asking supporters to join the Christmas Rescue by donating to help rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who desperately need them.

County figures:


Neglect reports, YTD to end of October 2023

Blaenau Gwent




















Isle of Anglesey


Merthyr Tydfil




Neath Port Talbot








Rhondda Cynon Taf






Vale of Glamorgan




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