Today (Wednesday 15 December), the RSPCA is tweeting animal emergencies as they happen on the messaging website Twitter, to show the type of incidents the inspectors cover each day.
RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley set up the RSPCA_Frontline Twitter feed to publicise the animal welfare charity’s work.
He said: “Following in the footsteps of Greater Manchester Police, who published details of every incident for 24 hours on Twitter, we plan to tweet as many incidents as possible today.
For the last couple of months I’ve been tweeting a few incidents a day, but I’m going for a marathon push to show the situations that RSPCA officers face on a daily basis, and the number of animals we help.”
The tweets are not for the sensitive. Incidents that have been published today on Twitter include:
- “CAT. COLLAPSED. UNKNOWN INJURY 2 TUMMY LOOKS SWOLLEN? IS A BAD SMELL COMING FROM CAT. UNSTEADY ON BACK LEGS. IN AN OLD BOX”
- “DOG. SHIVERING. LYING ON WET BLANKET. WON’T RESPOND TO BEING CALLED. JUST LIFTING HEAD. DOG LOOKS UNDERWEIGHT. IS ON BALCONY”
- “FOX. HAS A FOOT MISSING AND IS BLEEDING FROM WHERE IT WAS. CALLER HAS CONFINED FOX”Someone in England or Wales calls the RSPCA’s cruelty line every 30 seconds on average. The charity received more than 1.25 million phone calls last year and responds to around 1,000 incidents a day.
The RSPCA advises animal loves not to tweet them with animal welfare concerns, but to call the cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.