THE number of animals abandoned across the North of England during the credit crunch has soared by 67% – more than the national average.
Latest figures by the RSPCA show that regional officers dealt with 3,372 dumped animals in 2008, compared with 2,009 in 2007 – an average of nine animals abandoned every day.
Nationally, the number is up by 57% with 11,586 animals dumped.
One involved an elderly bichon frise dog found tied to a tree in Eastham Ferry Woods, Wirral.
She had badly matted fur on her stomach, feet and back legs and was suffering from mammary tumours and decayed teeth.
The RSPCA revealed the number of calls from the public wanting to give up an animal is also up by 52%.
The charity is facing pressure on two fronts as it tries to cope with the increase in workload caused in part by the recession, but also facing its own financial pressures.
The north’s regional manager, Alan Wolinski, said: “Now more than ever we need the public’s support. It is a challenging time for the Society, but more importantly it is a crisis for the animals, and it’s only because of the public’s help that we’re able to do what we can.”