Thirteen ferrets dumped in two filthy hutches prompts RSPCA investigation
Thirteen ferrets who were abandoned in two filthy maggot-infested hutches have been rescued by the RSPCA.
The ferrets were found dumped with no water in a cul-de-sac in Newriggs, Washington, in Tyne and Wear, on 16 November.
There was also no food in one hutch and only a small amount in the other which only two ferrets could access.
A member of the public spotted the poor helpless pets at about 5pm and reported the matter to the animal welfare charity.
RSPCA inspector Rachael Hurst collected the ferrets, which are not microchipped, and she is now appealing for information to find out who is responsible for abandoning them.
She believes they were dumped just a few hours before they were found and thinks a van must have been used to transport them.
These poor ferrets were found dumped in two filthy hutches without water and most couldn't get to the small amount of food in the cage. They had been thoughtlessly discarded in a street like rubbish.
They were left exposed to the elements without a thought for their welfare. Thankfully they were found and were given health checks by a local vet and are now getting some much needed care and attention.
Sadly calls to the RSPCA about abandonment and neglect have risen as the cost of living crisis bites and with more people struggling, we expect more animals will be neglected and abandoned by owners who can no longer afford to care for them.
This is why we have launched our Winter appeal to help raise funds so we can keep rescuing and rehoming unwanted pets like these ferrets - and we are urging the public to support us.
New figures released by the RSPCA show the number of animals being abandoned - like these ferrets - has risen a worrying 17% from 2020 to 2021, with a further increase of 24% in the first part of 2022.
I am now appealing for information to see if anyone saw anything unusual in the area, or if anyone recognises the ferrets who were found in distinctive hutches, to please call us on 0300 123 8018.
For pet owners who are worried about the cost of living crisis, the RSPCA has opened a telephone helpline to support callers and a dedicated Cost of Living Hub with practical help and advice on the website.
If you believe that animals deserve love and care during this Christmas period, please take action now. Together, we can rescue suffering animals and give them the chance for a better future.
Join the Winter Rescue and help our rescuers be there for the animals in need.