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Two guinea pigs found dumped next to busy road in Barnet

Two guinea pigs are in RSPCA care after being dumped beside a busy road in Barnet.

Two male guinea pigs, one with brown and white markings and the other entirely white, were found on Holly Park Road at approximately 8am on January 2nd and subsequently rescued by the RSPCA.

Inspector Chris McGreal said: “Dumping animals is never the right thing to do, but for them to be abandoned in cold weather like this is incredibly cruel.

“We aren’t sure how long they had been left before someone called us but it would seem they hadn’t been there very long as they would have been exposed to freezing
temperatures and other threats and would have been very vulnerable.”

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The guinea pigs – who have been named Jaffa and Casper – were taken to RSPCA Finsbury Park Animal Hospital for a check up and are now at RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre from where they will be rehomed when they are ready.

Animal neglect and abandonment have reached a three-year high due to the pandemic and a rising cost of living crisis. The RSPCA is facing an increased demand for its assistance this year and is calling for supporters to join their winter rescue efforts to aid the growing number of animals in need.

In the previous year, the charity received 20,999 calls regarding abandoned animals, surpassing the numbers reported in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Chris added: “We appeal to anyone who recognises them or has any information to get in touch on 0300 123 8018 quoting reference number 1206456.”

Anyone struggling with the costs associated with animal ownership can visit the RSPCA’s dedicated cost of living hub, which has lots of practical tips and advice, including details of pet food bank schemes, or call the charity’s telephone helpline on 0300 123 0650.

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This year the RSPCA celebrates its 200th birthday and to mark this special anniversary the animal welfare charity wants to inspire one million people to join our movement to improve animals’ lives. To find out how you can join our million-strong movement for animals visit www.rspca.org.uk/200