On Thursday 7th June I was delighted to visit the RSPCA centre at Leybourne, which has cared for many thousands of unwanted, abandoned and often cruelly treated animals, as well as going out in the field with the RSPCA as they cut a fox free from netting; looked after mistreated ponies; and even visited a ferret kept at a local school.
The RSPCA are the frontline for protecting animals and it is difficult to know how we would cope in this field without the work of excellent RSPCA Inspectors and Welfare Officers, such as Lynn White (pictured) who showed me her work.
What I found particularly exemplary was that the RSPCA is not only at the forefront of protecting damaged animals but encourages prevention, with Lynn White working particularly hard to stop people letting their cats have litters of kittens before they are spayed. The RSPCA and others take in so many unwanted cats from such litters that there are more than enough cats for those who want them.
The RSPCA are also key to the issue of dealing with dangerous dogs, a subject which I recently spoke about in Parliament, and share the focus of moving from just particular breeds to the behaviour of dogs and their owners. I am now campaigning alongside many organisations including the RSPCA, ACPO, the postal workers’ union, and Craig Mackinlay, our local candidate to be Kent’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, for stronger policy and action on dealing with dangerous dogs.
For further information regarding the important and wide-ranging work being undertaken by the RSPCA, please visit their website here