Turtles Abandoned Outside GSPCA

11th April 2019

For the first time in more than a decade animals have been abandoned outside the GSPCA. On Sunday afternoon two musk turtles were left with no note and not in an obvious area.

Yvonne Chauvel Senior Animal Care Assistant says:

‘I was shocked on Sunday to find 2 musk turtles dumped at the GSPCA. Although we have helped animals abandoned and even dumped in black bin liners like a hamster in St Peter Port a few years ago it is rare and we haven’t seen it for well over a decade at the GSPCA. If someone needs our help with their animals all they need to do is call 257261 or pop in for a chat. In the last few days we have helped many animals including a selection of reptiles and help over 3000 every year. Last month we had a stray musk turtle found near the Ville Au Roi which takes the numbers of musk turtles to 12 now at the GSPCA and we have seen a real rise in these pets being given up and found as strays which is a real worry.’

The Shelter is manned 24/7 and on a Sunday the reception area is open between 11am and 4pm, as well as having a 24 emergency helpline on 01481 257261.

There has been a rise in unwanted musk turtles and people are being urged to think very carefully before getting one. To help care for the two abandoned ones the GSPCA is asking for the ex-owners to get in touch so a full history of the animals can be determined.

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