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Staffies are most abandoned dog breed, RSPCA reveals
Nova is one of many Staffies reported abandoned in 2023.
1,316 Staffies have been abandoned in 2023 so far.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has revealed that Staffordshire bull terriers (Staffies) are set to be the most abandoned dog breed in 2023, with 1,316 reports so far.

This is followed by the French bulldog, which has had 582 reports, and the German shepherd, with 542 reports.

The statistics have been released as the RSPCA experiences a three-year high of animal dumping reports in 2023.

The animal rescue charity has already seen 16,040 abandoned dogs reported this year, an increase on the 15,666 reports in 2022. Some of the individual calls received by their emergency line referred to multiple abandoned dogs.

Among the dogs rescued by the RSPCA is Nova, a three-year-old Staffie crossbreed who was abandoned by her owners. Following her ordeal, Nova was stressed and nervous around strangers and new surroundings.

She is now looking for a permanent home, and her carers are confident she will settle in quickly.

However, the RSPCA fears that increased abandonment rates could mean that more dogs will have a difficult winter, putting further pressure on their volunteers.

They are appealing for donations to their Join Our Christmas Rescue campaign, which aims to ensure that their rescue teams are able to continue rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, said: “These figures show that, despite being man’s best friend, we are seeing far too many dogs being sadly abandoned by their owners - and we fear the winter could be bleak for countless dogs.

“The cost of living is one of the biggest barriers to animal welfare and is making it harder for some owners. Many pet owners are struggling, even more than last year, which is likely impacting these shocking figures.

“Regardless of their breed, all dogs are loving and loyal to their owners so it’s heartbreaking that people decide to abandon them, instead of asking for help.”

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.