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Pet-dumper caught on camera as Sussex charity calls for help
11:30am Friday 26th October 2012 in News
This is the moment a woman was caught on camera dumping an unwanted animal at a charity.
Cats and rabbits were abandoned outside Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare just days apart.
CCTV footage shows a woman leaving a creamy-coloured rabbit in a box outside the shelter near Ringmer and then leaving.
A separate CCTV recording on Wednesday evening (October 23) shows two adult cats being abandoned at the charity in a cardboard box.
It costs £5,000 a day to run the shelter.
Raystede chief executive Nigel Mason said: “At 10.30pm our onsite security saw a car pull up at the gates to Raystede and a person leave a large cardboard box behind.
“The box, held together with flimsy tape, contained two very frightened black and white adult cats.
“They would soon have escaped and been vulnerable to injury so near to a busy road had the onsite security not seen the incident on CCTV monitors.
“This is a hugely irresponsible way of disposing of unwanted animals.
“At a time when Raystede is already under immense pressure to take in animals, with 80 cats on our waiting list alone, this behaviour really impacts heavily on our already stretched resources.
“We know nothing about these animals’ histories which adds extra costs for quarantining and additional health screening with our vet, before they can go into our re-homing units.
“We have captured both vehicles on CCTV and I urge the owners of these animals to do the right thing and come forward voluntarily to give us as much information as they can, to save us money and improve the animals’ chances of finding a new home as quickly as possible.”
The Argus launched the Give a Pet a Home campaign to encourage those wanting to care for an animal to get one from a rescue charity.
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