IN PICTURES: 8,000 animals abandoned in France this summer

IN PICTURES: 8,000 animals abandoned in France this summer
All photos: AFP at the LPA shelter in Lille
An animal shelter is urgently seeking new homes for the more than 8,000 dogs, cats and other pets abandoned there since the start of the summer.

Dozens of animals wait in cages at the League Protectrice des Animaux (LPA) in Lille, just one of many places across France taking in abandoned animals.

The rate of animal abandonment increased by 28 percent since January 2019, according to the Society of Protection of Animals (SPA), a record for Europe.

The problem of animals being abandoned over the summer as owners take their holidays is a long-running one in France, but it appears to be getting worse.

Last year a total of 60,000 animals were abandoned, prompting police and animal welfare charities to warn owners that they face a fine of up to €30,000 for dumping a pet.

Abandoning an animal counts as cruelty under French law, an offence which attracts a maximum penalty of €30,000.

In June, just ahead of the long summer break, police teamed up with animal charity 30 Million Amis to run a publicity campaign showing people that there are alternatives to abandoning an animal if they cannot care for it any longer.

Financial difficulties was the main reason that people gave for no longer being able to look after a pet.

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Member comments

  1. Shame on their owners. I see homeless people in Paris WITH dogs.
    There is NO excuse.
    Fines are not the answer. Put their owners in pet lock up for 90!

  2. I had no idea that it was that bad. I got two dogs from SPA at Nantes after my Wolfhound died and it couldn’t have been easier. The staff were great and very helpful. I was a bit apprehensive at first about rescued dogs but they have turned out to be great. Well recommend doing it.

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