In 2009, Britain was struck by a recession causing a surge in the number of people finding themselves unemployed and struggling with the costs of living. From food to fuel, the increasing expenses had a powerful impact on the nation causing many of us to sacrifice things in order to cope. However, the UKs pets also felt the bite as figures have shown a dramatic rise in the numbers of animals being abandoned on our streets.
This is Wellie, a young colt who was found abandoned in Bridgend, South Wales along with a group of other horses. Fightingfor food he often found himself left out and alone, which meant that when he was rescued he was thin, weak and fighting for life. Now little Wellie is being cared for at the Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies in Monmouthshire and is well on the road to recovery but this crisis of abandoned horses is nothing new.
According to the RSPCA there has been a dramatic rise in the number of horses being abandoned and although this is a national crisis, Bridgend has been hit hard by this. For years now they have been plagued by stray horses who have been left in fields to graze on private land known as ‘fly grazing’ by their unscrupulous owners who cannot afford the constantly rising costs of their care. These horses escape from the fields and find themselves on the roads and in gardens putting themselves and the public at risk as well as causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to property.
In the North West of England in Manchester, people are also feeling the pinch of the recession as well and know that it isn’t just horses who are halting their finances. Lisa Morris came to the Society for Abandoned Animals to put one of her cats on the waiting list as she was no longer able to afford to keep him anymore. However, as a former volunteer at the centre herself she has noticed the increase in people doing the list and has watched the list getting longer and longer. The question is how have the animal charities been coping with this?
Volunteer Aimee Ennis who works at the Society for Abandoned Animals is just one of the many people working hard to help with the issue and has seen the effects of it for herself including animals being thrown over the fence showing that clearly something needs to be done to help.
However, hope is on the horizon as the city of Preston, Lancashire has recorded a drop in the number of stray dogs collected off the streets signifying the possibility of a national decline of abandoned dogs. Andy Howard, from the Environmental Health Department of Preston City Council claims that the many microchipping events they are holding could be a contributor to this.
One dog who has experienced abandonment for himself is Bruce who was found wandering the streets of Ireland a few years
ago. After being at the centre for three years now, he is ready for a loving new home but will the public be able to afford to adopt another pet or is this little dog destined for a life behind bars?
With Britain in a deep double-dip recession, the animals of the UK are crying out for help.
Would you pay the price of life?
This is the 15 minute documentary ‘The Price of Life’