As the inflation crisis continues to hit families hard, the RSPCA is witnessing it first hand with pets.
The UK-based animal welfare group is now sharing a gut-wrenching story of a dog named Rudy, which was abandoned in Oxfordshire on May 4.
“Rudy the Spaniel was discovered by the side of a road in a broken cage in Oxfordshire with a heartbreaking note,” the RSCPA said in a social media post Sunday.
“Please feed and look after me. My owner is struggling to look after me,” it read.
A good Samaritan called the group for help after discovering him and another dog, but that second dog somehow took off and has not been located.
A vet exam later revealed that Rudy has a leg deformity, according to the RSPCA.
It’s unclear if the dogs were someone’s pets or belonged to a breeder.
But what is clear is an alarming trend amid sky-high inflation that is making it hard for families to even feed and house themselves.
” We received 1,508 reports about animal abandonments in April alone,” the RSPCA said. “If you’re struggling to look after your pets, there is help available: http://bit.ly/3LflkA0.”
In it, the RSPCA offers advice on everything from pet-food banks, vet bills, how to make your own treats, avoiding pet-sitting costs, tips on pet insurance and creating your own toys and games.
After all, no family wants to give up their pets.