This case is one which will forever stick in our throats as the one where we were
powerless to make sure those responsible were prosecuted for their neglect, and where
our best known animal protection service was starkly shown to be lacking.
We received a call from keepers known to us, that some tenants had left their property,
and had left behind numerous reptiles. They needed the animals re-housed as they
didn’t want them for there collection. What we were not prepared for however was
the disgraceful conditions we were greeted with. On entering the house, and led up
to the bedroom where the animals were, we found several enclosures, all dirty, barely
heated, and in several cases housing only corpses.
The images tell the tale. Returning to the rescue, collecting a camera, and quickly
returning we recorded the scene. Knowing this case would need evidence to be used
in any prosecution. The RSPCA were called in, and an inspector visited the scene.
Here is where things get muddied. Later evidence identified the tenants who had left,
and they too were known to us. Approaching them we got a different version of events,
together with various threats of violence against the landlords. Which ever party
owned the animals to us both were guilty. The tenants for leaving the animals, if
they were theirs or not as the neglect wasn’t a new thing, and the landlords for
not caring for the animals, which they may well have owned, in the absence of the
tenants. The RSPCA took no action. They blamed a lack of resources and manpower.
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