Appeal After Four Dying Snakes Dumped in Gosport
|Published: 7th July 2017 09:53|
The RSPCA is appealing for information after four dying snakes were found found dumped in plastic boxes in Gosport.
The upsetting discovery was made by a member of the public, who spotted two sealed plastic boxes in undergrowth near Mountbatten Close in Gosport on Monday (3 July).
The boxes contained a python and three boa constrictors who had been left without food or water.
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Karen Gregor said: “The poor snakes had been left hidden in undergrowth in plastic storage boxes that have been clipped shut. They were found by a member of the public who had been geocaching who contacted the RSPCA after discovering there were snakes in the boxes.
“Sadly they were in a really bad condition. They were all very thin, and had been left without food, water or heat. I rushed them to an exotic specialist vet who was sadly unable to save them.
“We don’t know how long they had been there or who dumped them and would encourage anyone with any information to come forward and let us know, in complete confidence, on 0300 123 8018.
“It sickening to think someone simply left these snakes to die. There is never an excuse for abandoning an animal and we urge people to ask for help if they are struggling to cope.
The RSPCA say that these snakes are just some of many reptiles that they've rescued after they have been dumped or abandoned. In 2016, the RSPCA received 6,888 calls to its cruelty line about reptiles with 1,689 reptiles collected by the charity’s officers – which is a 23% increase over five years.
AboutMyArea was told, "Exotic pets can be difficult for an inexperienced owner to care for properly and are too much of a commitment for some people so we urge potential reptile owners to research the needs of the particular species thoroughly and ensure that they can meet them at all times, and for the animal’s entire life.
"Reptiles can be expensive to care for; the animal may grow very large, live for a long time, become aggressive or require a licence or other paperwork to be legally kept or sold. They have the same needs as in the wild, which must be met in captivity by law under the Animal Welfare Act."
The RSPCA currently has dozens of rescued reptiles in its care looking for homes with knowledgeable and caring owners. For more information on rehoming reptiles see: https://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet or contact RSPCA Sussex, East Grinstead and Brighton branch on 07815 525 578, to speak to the reptile centre team.
The snakes were found in undergrowth near Mountbatten Close in Gosport on Monday (3 July).