…you know the ones. They’ve been appearing in newspapers over the last few days: ‘Without your help, we’ll have to stop helping animals!’.
Because it’s too much to expect them to cut down on their use of consultants, their political campaigns or maybe downsize to a smaller HQ building, I suppose? And when haven’t they been whinging about money?
Snieguole Ghuman, 50, took her white Alsatian, Simba, seven, to Starz Grooming Salon, on Southbourne Grove, for a wash and brush last Saturday, October 27, but the dog was returned to her without any fur on its body.
When she asked why, Snieguole was told that Simba’s fur was too matted to brush and so it had to be shaved off, for which she would be charged £70.
They weren’t pleased. As I wouldn’t be, either. Nor were they pleased that the grooming parlour contacted the RSPCA!
Her daughter, Bridget Pritchett, 28, who spoke to Daily Echo on her mum’s behalf, said: “The owner of the salon said that his coat is really matted and so she contacted the RSPCAabout it.“But the lady who came from the RSPCA said it is fine, although she had never seen such a thick coat on an Alsatian. She could understand that it may get tangled, as he goes in the sea and mud a lot.”
And that wasn’t the end of it. Two, it seems, can play at that game.
“Mum also had to take him to the vet’sbecause he had some blood coming off his legs.“So it has gone from her reporting our dog to the RSPCA, to us reporting her. ”
Georgia Barnett, 19, who runs Starz, said: “ I’ve never seen a dog with such matted fur.“She had no choice and back in March it was so matted then and I told her that.
“I don’t care what my customers think. I don’t take any notice of what the owners want, I want to do what is best for the dog and their welfare and happiness.
“I phoned the RSPCA and they said that it was the right thing to do. ”
Well, of course they did!
A spokesperson for the RSPCA confirmed that they had received a complaint but said would not comment further while the issue was under investigation.
So remember that next time you see a begging bowl. This is what they are going to be spending their money and time on. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t fit within my definition of cruelty or ill-treatment.
But this does.