In sleepy Upton there lies a problem. In a small touring caravan, five dogs are left locked in day and night (let out twice a day briefly) in ridiculously high temperatures. Local residents have expressed concern for the state of the animals but, despite calls to the RSPCA, the Council and the Police, the dogs remain in situ. The dogs have been there for around two months, according to neighbours. The caravan is thought not to have planning permission.
The dogs bark constantly on and off, throughout the day and night, often sounding distressed and sometimes angry, as if fighting. One resident has reported regularly hearing them howling at night, while other neighbours hear them throughout the night and during the day. The barking is disturbing a large majority of the neighbours along County Road and those on the junction of the coast road and County Road. The owners have been informed but have so far not acted.
Many neighbours have reported the dogs to the RSPCA, who last visited on Sat 23 June and advised they were issuing a notice for the dog- owners to move the dogs within 5 days. The RSPCA Officer also said she was taking away one of the dogs that day because it was biting/attacking the other dogs. The dogs are kept in appalling conditions. One is very old and has a distressingly large tumour on its side although the RSPCA advised a vet would probably not operate, due to the dog’s age. Local residents have been trying to tackle this from every angle to save the dogs from this heat and the terrible conditions they are being kept in.
Day three of the heatwave and still no result to safeguard these dogs. Tell us your thoughts.
Photo is not of any of the dogs concerned.