RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues

According to Daily Mail, in 2009, the RSPCA, which is one of Britain’s biggest charities and receives £120 million a year in donations, stopped accepting stray animals and unwanted pets.

Daily Mail reports the RSPCA destroys nearly half the animals it ‘rescues’ each year, with thousands being put down for non-medical reasons, shocking figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal.

The animal-welfare charity destroyed 53,000 animals last year – 44 percent of those it took in – leading critics to claim that the organization spends too much time on prosecuting cases of neglect and cruelty and not enough on finding new homes for animals.

The charity insists the vast majority of the animals were put down to end their suffering, but it admits that last year alone 3,400 animals were destroyed for ‘non-medical’ reasons, such as the lack of space in kennels and catteries.

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Figures have revealed the RSPCA routinely puts down healthy animals, with 3,400 destroyed in 2011 for ‘non-medical reasons

Former RSPCA inspector Dawn Aubrey-Ward, who worked for the organization from 2008 to 2010, said she came across numerous examples of animals destroyed because there was no room for them in shelters.

‘If there wasn’t any room in the nearby RSPCA home or one of a number of approved charities, we were supposed to euthanize them,’  she claims.

RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals
The figures have also revealed the charity is re-homing fewer pets, with 10,000 fewer finding new owners in 2011

The RSPCA insists that euthanising animals is always a ‘last resort’, but a Mail on Sunday investigation has unearthed others criticising the charity’s approach.

Kent vet David Smith, who worked for the organisation for 12 years, said: ‘It seems to be all about prosecuting people now.

‘The RSPCA seems to have lost sight of its role as a charity that was set up to help people and animals.’

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In the past two years, convictions secured by the charity have increased from 2,579 to 3,114. Last year, Georgina Langley, 67, of West Hougham, Kent, was raided at her home by the RSPCA and had five of her 13 cats put down.

The charity prosecuted her for neglect, but Mr Smith, 62, came to her aid. After sending two of the cats’ bodies to the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) for an independent post-mortem, he said: ‘There appears to be no good reason why the RSPCA allowed these animals to be put to sleep.

‘The RVC post-mortems concluded the cats were healthy, with no signs of incorrect feeding or major problems with fleas or other illnesses.

RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues

Despite fewer animals being found new homes, the RSPCA’s prosecutions of rogue pet owners shot up by 20 per cent 

‘They were very heavy-handed with an elderly lady and kept her standing out in her garden in the rain for hours while they searched her house.

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