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RSPCA Still Operating On Yorkshire Coast

RSPCA Still Operating On Yorkshire Coast

Published by Karen Liu at 6:33am 29th April 2020. (Updated at 6:59am 29th April 2020)

The RSPCA is reminding residents on the Yorkshire Coast it is still operating during coronavirus.

The charity says it is still responding to calls for animals who need help.

It says it has been assisting pet owners who may be affected by Covid-19.

Leanne Plumtree is from there and said:

"We are helping those animals and anyone with any concerns that animals are being affected in that way can call us.

We are, of course, being notified by other bodies about situations where that has risen, and we have helped a number of animals and owners already."

Leanne has this advice for those who may be unable to walk their dogs, because they're self-isolating:

"Perhaps it would be better for you to get somebody else to do that; and we do have guidance on our website for anybody who is walking somebody else's pet at this time.

But if you have a garden, it's perfectly acceptable for your dog to use that garden."

Leanne has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:


The RSPCA's 24-hour helpline if you need to report cruelty, neglect or an animal in distress is 0300 1234999.

For more advice, visit their website:

The charity says in the month since the start of the lockdown on Tuesday 24th March, its rescuers have dealt with 261 incidents in East Yorkshire, which includes the rescue of 10 ducklings in Bridlington.

The group were found without their mum and rescued by RSPCA inspector Laura Barber. 

She said: 

"I was called after residents discovered them in a walled garden in a housing estate at 9am. When I got there they had gone for a toddle off around the estate into different gardens.

I finally found them huddled together on a path down the side of someone's house. I was able to catch all ten, by blocking off their exits. 

There was still no sign of mother even after all the noise they were making. 

They were very young, about 4-7 days old, I would say. With the risk of a couple of cats around I took the decision to remove them and take them to rehab. 

They were mixed with some other older ducklings in rehab to release when they are older.

The callers and residents were very helpful and generous with two donations being given to me totalling £50!"
They are now being cared for until they are old enough to be released.

In North Yorkshire, RSPCA rescuers dealth with 477 incidents since the start of lockdown.

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer, said: 

"Despite the lockdown, there are still thousands of animals which need our help.

As designated key workers, our frontline 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.

Our rescuers have dealt with over 21,000 incidents in the past month, an average of 660 a day and there are many more animals who need our help.

However, our resources are under huge strain and vital funding is needed to keep our rescue teams out on the road.

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."


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