to think the RSPCA are losing it?

(88 Posts)
SundaeGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 19:22:49

They've prosecuted a woman for feeding paracetamol to her cat after it broke its leg www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9974603._I_can_t_believe_RSPCA_prosecuted_me_for_killing_my_cat_/?ref=rl Poor woman, her and her sister rang them for advice and now she has a criminal record.

Misguidedly trying to help your pets surely, surely can't count as cruelty?

mrsrosieb Tue 09-Oct-12 19:24:50

Yes, that is absolutely ridiculous.

I should imagine the ex-cat owner feels guilty enough about losing her moggy without a criminal conviction.

MummifiedBonkeyMollocks Tue 09-Oct-12 19:25:11

Really?

But when you report a animal who is in obvious suffering with owners that don't give a rats arse they do nothing? hmm

RSPCA are a complete waste of time imo!

SundaeGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 19:26:46

The woman now has a criminal record. Insane and a total waste of court time.

poachedeggs Tue 09-Oct-12 19:39:07

Paracetamol is toxic to cats and is totally unsuitable as pain relief.

She was clearly behaving irresponsibly. Ignorance is no more an excuse for harming a pet than it is for harming a child. A responsible thing to do would have been to seek veterinary advice.

There's no doubt in my mind that there's more to this story. I have my reservations about the RSPCA but it's not OK to poison your pet!

SundaeGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 19:41:49

Yeah, but she didn't feed the cat weed killer.

People are leaving the RSPCA money in their wills to help deal with cruelty to animals. this really doesn't coun t and smack of the RSPCA not prioritising at all.

Ephiny Tue 09-Oct-12 19:49:51

I think there's more to it too. Why did she phone the RSPCA rather than a vet? I'm guessing the cat was uninsured and she didn't want to pay vet's fees, which is why she gave the paracetemol in the first place.

Given her attitude that she still thinks she knows how to look after cats hmm, I hope she's banned from keeping them in future.

gordyslovesheep Tue 09-Oct-12 19:52:24

yeh I kind of agree - why not take the cat to a vet - that is what most people would do - it is cruel to deny an animal the CORRECT attention and treatment

more to this I think and she shouldn't be allowed to have cats

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Tue 09-Oct-12 19:55:29

The RSPCA are utterly crap.

Yes, she shouldn't have fed the cat human painkillers but she was trying.

Whenever I've reported animal abuse they sound completely uninterested.

And don't get me started on their ridiculous criteria for rehoming pets and then moaning that they're over-run. The couple who adopted two kittens from me were turned down because they smoked. Outside, because they have children but the RSPCA still turned them down.

They were a lovely couple too.

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 09-Oct-12 19:55:34

By giving the cat paracetamol she might as well have given it weed killer. Failure to seek treatment for an injured or sick animal is an offence.

Canidae Tue 09-Oct-12 19:56:07

Sounds odd to me. Why would she ring the RSPCA? Why not a vet?

SundaeGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 19:57:43

But, presumably, we are able to distinguish between cruel intentions?

What on earth was actually achieved by this prosecution - except a waste of money?

I just googles "can I give my cat paracetamol?" and the answer is a resounding "no"

She could have easily googled and then decided treatment.

SundaeGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 20:04:22

The woman was a moron, I think that's clear.

What I think is more of a concern is not the woman, or her ill-judged remedy, but that this used time, cash, resources of a charity set up to deal with cruelty. And public funds and court time.

midori1999 Tue 09-Oct-12 20:58:53

I don't like the RSPCA, but this woman didnt seek veterinary care for her cat when it needed it and that alone is an offence, let alone giving it unsuitable and dangerous human medication.

It's right that she was prosecuted and now has a criminal record (which a court decided, not the RSPCA). She neglected her cat and caused it suffering. Ignorance is no excuse and no doubt saving money played a part.

Far too many pet owners don't seek veterinary advice when they need to.

SundaeGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 21:01:19

My dog is looking a bit peaky - I thought I'd see how he is in the morning. Is that really an actual offense?

tink123 Tue 09-Oct-12 21:21:06

Not impressed with RSPCA. About 10 years ago, I was sitting inside the house when I heard yelping from house opposite. Anyway I looked and was shocked to see the german shepard that lived there hanging over the wall by a rope. It was kept in the back yard tied up, and it must have tried to jump the wall, not realising the rope was short. So the dog was hanging by a rope about a foot off the ground, choking to death, so I panicked and rang the RSPCA. Apparently they could not make it until the following day but needed all my details. I said that the dog was choking and that I at least needed advice on what to do. The operator said that I had two choices. I could either push it back over the six foot wall confused or cut it down. Bearing in mind I am not superhuman and was six months pregnant at time, pushing it back over was not a option. I was not willing to cut it down as it was obviously distressed and snarling. Anyway it was a thick rope so it would have taken ages to cut it. I am still waiting for a solution off them. I hung up and raced around to knock on the door but as usual no one was in during the day. Luckily for the dog, by the time I got back, it must have wriggled free as I saw it running away up the road.

midori1999 Tue 09-Oct-12 21:25:02

Well it depends how 'peaky' he's looking. Being lame is very obviously something that requires looking at, in fact, this woman knew it needed treatment as she'd tried self medicating the cat.

midori1999 Tue 09-Oct-12 21:27:09

OP, do you disagree that this woman a) did not seek veterinary treatment when it was obviously needed and b) cause suffering to her cat?

It doesn't matter why she did these things, she did them.

picnicbasketcase Tue 09-Oct-12 21:29:25

She should have sought the correct advice obviously, but she shouldn't be prosecuted for making a stupid mistake. If everyone got into bother with the police every time they fucked up, nobody would have a clean record.

MrsDeVere Tue 09-Oct-12 21:31:25

Perhaps she is skint and cannot afford a vet?
Perhaps she rang the RSPCA because they run clinics across the country and she wanted veterinary advice?

I used to work for the RSPCA as a nurse. When I wasn't doing clinical things I was answering phones. We got tons of calls asking for medical advice. I don't think that detail signifies anything sinister.

Advice at the time was also to give injured animals junior aspirin and I would imagine that would not be the case now.

Actually if a parent gave a child an accidental overdose of an over the counter medicine I would be surprised if they ended up with a criminal record. Not if it was shown they did it in good faith.

I am another one who would certainly not rush an animal to a vet at the slightest problem. I make an assessment the same as I do with my children if they are unwell.

MrsDeVere Tue 09-Oct-12 21:33:22

If my dog limps I would give him a day before I took him to the vet. Unless he was in obvious distress. After checking for cuts, foreign bodies etc.

Keep him from stairs and jumping up. Monitor overnight and see how he is in the morning.

MrsDeVere Tue 09-Oct-12 21:37:23

The RSPCA has never operated an emergency service.

They are not the NHS.
They are not ideal, they have many faults but I do feel that people have unreasonably high expectations of them.

I used to take calls from the public expecting them to rush out and remove foxes from back gardens, 'rescue' baby birds from the bottom of trees, rescue squirrels (sp) 'stuck' in trees and come out to collect poorly hamsters.

WildWorld2004 Tue 09-Oct-12 21:41:29

I phoned the RSPCA once when there was a stray dog walking around our street. They told me to phone the police or take it to the police station because they dont come out for stray dogs. Wtf confused

So they think that its ok for the general public to approach stray dogs not knowing whether the dog is aggressive or has fleas.

SundaeGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 21:44:01

Earlier I trod on my dog's foot. I cause suffering to my dog. I hope society can get that in proportion.

Do I deny that she didn't seek veterinary treatment? Hmmm, it sounds as though she thought she didn't need it and could manage on her own. A bit like me with my dog. Again, I sincerely hope no one is going to prosecute me but I'll make sure I don't ask for advice just in case.

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