RSPCA sees trebling in numbers of dogs needing new homes in Bradford

RSPCA sees trebling in numbers of dogs needing new homes in Bradford

REHOMED: Rescued dog Freya with her new owners Robert and Julie Sutcliffe

STARVED: Freya when she was found in an emaciated state

APPEAL: RSPCA general manager Terry Singh who has urged people to support the charity's work in Bradford

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THE number of dogs needing new homes have trebled at a Bradford's RSPCA animal centre.

The charity's base in Mount Street took in more than 600 dogs during 2013 compared to 202 the year before, putting more strain on limited resources, said Terry Singh, its general manager.

"The numbers have gone up dramatically - it doesn't give Yorkshire a good reputation but it could also be because people are being more vigilant which is a good thing," said Mr Singh.

It costs about £1 million every year to run the service in the city which supports RSPCA inspectors across the whole of north who are seizing animals pending court cases or over welfare issues.

The centre usually has about 60 dogs in its care at anyone time either being treated by its vets and nurses or just being temporarily home until new owners can be found.

One of its most recent success stories is Freya, a five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier found left in a house starving to death.

The RSPCA inspector who found her at first thought she was just a white rag on the floor because she was just skin and bone.

It was touch and go for a number of weeks while she was put on a drip but she survived and was brought back to health at Mount Street and its Animal Care staff before being re-homed with new owners Robert and Julie Sutcliffe, of Eccleshill.

Mrs Sutcliffe said: "We adore her. We didn't have a little Staffy in mind when we went to Mount Street but I just fell in love with her. People need to go along with an open mind and meet the dogs there. They deserve a happy home."

The family's terrier Bangers had just died after 14 years when they decided to give another dog a second chance at finding happiness.

The Mount Street centre has also experienced a rise in cats and kittens, and is also one of three centres in the north that has a wildlife facility - its inhabitants have included otters, swans, a buzzard and currently a Caygua - a type of duck from New York.

Mr Singh says donations from the public are its life-line with no funding support coming in at all from the Government.

"We are the only branch that has a clinic helping people on benefits get their pets treated. There is a lot of good work that goes on here but we need help to do it," he said.

The centre hopes people across the city will help raise funds by organising events and food collections for the animals it is caring for.

"The less money we need to spend on food, the more money we can spend on treatment and care," said Mr Singh.

An open day this Sunday from 11am to 3pm will bring in more vital funds as well as raise awareness of the RSPCA and all that happens at the Mount Street base. There will also be a fun dog show, with registration between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

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8:48am Thu 21 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

Well done rspca you guys do a great job, i reported a horse last year that was left without shelter, no water and it was all skin and bones, although i had to ring the rspca few times you guys did a great job of taking the horse no offence these gypsys need to look after there horses i see them running about on roads without the owners and kids riding them but i get told that the rspca cant do anything if they have shelter, I also took a kitten off some kids who were kicking it rspca paid them a visit and come to my house to take the kitten, i wanted to adopt it but it died in rspca care because of the injuries it recieved ;-(
Well done rspca you guys do a great job, i reported a horse last year that was left without shelter, no water and it was all skin and bones, although i had to ring the rspca few times you guys did a great job of taking the horse no offence these gypsys need to look after there horses i see them running about on roads without the owners and kids riding them but i get told that the rspca cant do anything if they have shelter, I also took a kitten off some kids who were kicking it rspca paid them a visit and come to my house to take the kitten, i wanted to adopt it but it died in rspca care because of the injuries it recieved ;-( bradford88
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4:38pm Thu 21 Aug 14

MikeWil says...

But I can only see 8 dogs available on the Bradford RSPCA website.

http://www.rspca-bra
dford.org.uk/adoptio
n/dogs.html

The RSPCA generally did the same thing when they were trying to prove they had a cat crisis. Fortunately the SHG showed how the RSPCA were misleading the public.

http://theshg.wordpr
ess.com/2013/10/03/t
he-rspca-gets-catty-
and-claims-a-surplus
-2/

Rather a shame that Bradford RSPCA mentions as many as 60 dogs without stating that there are currently only 8 available to rehome on the site.
But I can only see 8 dogs available on the Bradford RSPCA website. http://www.rspca-bra dford.org.uk/adoptio n/dogs.html The RSPCA generally did the same thing when they were trying to prove they had a cat crisis. Fortunately the SHG showed how the RSPCA were misleading the public. http://theshg.wordpr ess.com/2013/10/03/t he-rspca-gets-catty- and-claims-a-surplus -2/ Rather a shame that Bradford RSPCA mentions as many as 60 dogs without stating that there are currently only 8 available to rehome on the site. MikeWil
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10:10pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

MikeWil wrote:
But I can only see 8 dogs available on the Bradford RSPCA website.

http://www.rspca-bra

dford.org.uk/adoptio

n/dogs.html

The RSPCA generally did the same thing when they were trying to prove they had a cat crisis. Fortunately the SHG showed how the RSPCA were misleading the public.

http://theshg.wordpr

ess.com/2013/10/03/t

he-rspca-gets-catty-

and-claims-a-surplus

-2/

Rather a shame that Bradford RSPCA mentions as many as 60 dogs without stating that there are currently only 8 available to rehome on the site.
It is probably a big job to get them on the website, and they will be short staffed. Of you go in they have a lot more on file than they have on the site.

Still, the crux of the issue is all the dopey chavs who think a dog will compliment their grubby tracksuit and make them look hard, only to find that the dog needs food, care and training.
[quote][p][bold]MikeWil[/bold] wrote: But I can only see 8 dogs available on the Bradford RSPCA website. http://www.rspca-bra dford.org.uk/adoptio n/dogs.html The RSPCA generally did the same thing when they were trying to prove they had a cat crisis. Fortunately the SHG showed how the RSPCA were misleading the public. http://theshg.wordpr ess.com/2013/10/03/t he-rspca-gets-catty- and-claims-a-surplus -2/ Rather a shame that Bradford RSPCA mentions as many as 60 dogs without stating that there are currently only 8 available to rehome on the site.[/p][/quote]It is probably a big job to get them on the website, and they will be short staffed. Of you go in they have a lot more on file than they have on the site. Still, the crux of the issue is all the dopey chavs who think a dog will compliment their grubby tracksuit and make them look hard, only to find that the dog needs food, care and training. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

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