A dog, and this morning (Monday 13th March) a cat, were found presumed abandoned in what appears to be an abandoned Mercedes parked at the Village hotel in Blackpool. The dog was found on the evening of Saturday 11th March – and it would appear that it had been left some considerable time as the distressed animal had urinated over the seats in the car. The poorly cat was found this morning (Monday 13th March) left in a taped up cardboard box, again with no food or water
Wendy Mulela, from Homeward Bound, says she has been on hold to both the police and the RSPCA numerous times and have made and received over 55 calls in total just to do with this incident.
Wendy takes up this distressing story:
‘With the help of our members and our own investigations, we have supplied an incredible amount of information to the authorities. This includes, but is not limited to:
- The information that the Mercedes vehicle was up for sale a matter of 2 weeks ago and was sold.
- The vehicle is neither taxed, insured, registered or MOT’d.
- The dog was left in the care of a third party who cannot be traced currently.
- The dog was left in the car from at least 10 a.m. Saturday morning if not, before then.
- We know the previous owner and the current owner of the dog.
- The dog has previously been known to our service.
The police have told me that they are not investigating and that no laws have been broken and no crime committed. They said there is no issue with a dog being left in the car if it is not under duress and maybe the owner of the car is staying in the hotel! I disagree, and have had to remind them of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which absorbed the Abandonment of Animals Act 1960, but this has fallen on deaf ears. I asked the police what about the vehicle not being taxed etc and they said that wasn’t a police matter, but was up to the DVLA to pursue. The police also told me that the RSPCA are not pursuing the case. The RSPCA have told me a different story, but I am still waiting to hear from them since a conversation early this morning.
I am writing this as sometimes public pressure can achieve more than our hours and hours of work and my 55 phone calls. As someone who has looked into this job more than any of the authorities, I definitely smell a huge fish. So much so, when Kim offered to view the vehicle in the light, I agreed to revisiting the car this morning in the light. Thank God we did.
When my volunteers are in a situation where they may be at risk or similar. I am on FaceTime or loud speaker call with them. This occasion was no exception. You can imagine our reaction when Kim opened the boot of the abandoned car and found a cat! Yes, a cat! Left in a cardboard box and taped up, again with no food or water. We felt sick! The cat was listless and dehydrated. We were prepared to take to the emergency vets for drip therapy, but the cat rallied after a drink and some food.
So here we are at least 36 hours after these animals were left in this vehicle and we are being told that’s all fine? I am sorry, but nothing about this is fine whatsoever, absolutely nothing. I am sure you will agree.’