Animal lover slams RSPCA

A KIRKBY animal lover has criticised RSPCA officials for not doing more to help prevent the death of an injured deer.

Nicki Hill says the organisation failed to attend Thompson's Veterinary Surgery in Sutton, pictured, despite repeated calls to help the dying animal, which had been hit by a car and left to die on 25th November.

The female deer had been brought to the Carsic Lane surgery by passing motorists with cuts to her left underside of the abdomen and was stabilised by vets.

But the deer had to be put to sleep shortly afterwards, with vet officials and Nicki believing the death could have been prevented if they had received expert advice from the RSPCA.

Nicki, who was at the surgery getting treatment for her cat, told Chad: "I rushed to help, along with the vet staff and we were able to calm the deer and managed to get her into the vet's on a crash board and they were able to intravenously get her on a drip.

"The nurse made several phone calls to get someone to help as they did not have the facility to house a deer nor the full knowledge of how to treat it and were told that someone would be out as an urgent call that evening.

"As an organisation which is meant to intervene and prevent any animal cruelty, I am utterly disgusted and disgraced that this beautiful wild animal was allowed to be put to sleep because no-one could be bothered to turn up to move the deer to facilities where it could be looked after.

"I am distraught that this has happened. We all did our very best for the deer and if the RSPCA had turned up things could have been very different and it might have lived."

But RSPCA spokeswoman Sophie Wilkinson told Chad they had offered advice and the decision lay with the vet.

She said: "The surgery spoke to one of our officers and told them the deer was badly injured. In such a circumstance it is highly likely that a deer will have to be put to sleep because they are not good in captivity.

"The officer also provided details about a wildlife sanctuary in Lincolnshire which might have been able to take the deer. It is not up to us to decide the treatment.

"Ultimately the decision rests with the vet because they are offering treatment and are on the scene and best placed to make a decision."

"It is advisable that people do not pick up deers injured in the road. It can often cause the animal more distress and is dangerous if the deer begins to come around while in someone's car.

"We advise people to stay with the animal and to call the police or RSPCA for help. It is safest for both animal and human."