Seven dogs have died in Sydney from a disease that can kill pets in 48 hours, is transmitted by rat urine and has emerged in New South Wales for the first time, possibly owing to construction “stirring up” rodent populations .
“Most of the time people are OK, they’re not staunchly against it once you tell them the science and the statistics [but] we have had people walk out in hysteria, saying that there is absolutely no way their dog is getting [vaccinated] because they believe it causes auto-immune diseases or, specifically, autism.”.
They were found in the porch of St Peter’s Church in Rectory Lane, Banstead, Surrey, earlier this week by its vicar who alerted the RSPCA.Animal welfare officer Carl Hone described how a man in a pink shirt was spotted running towards a grey people carrier with a woman passenger parked outside the church.Mr Hone: “The man who did this consciously made the decision to abandon these two innocent dogs and leave them in freezing conditions in very poor health.“It is heart-breaking that somebody could treat animals in desperate need of veterinary care in this way.”The pups were left in a pink and white fleece blanket.
“We are also concerned that pet travel changes under a no-deal Brexit could spark a surge in demand for small animal vets and laboratory capacity to fulfil increased requirements for rabies testing and vaccination at a time when the workforce is already experiencing shortfalls.
The British Veterinary Association said it was aware of a growing community of anti-vaccination pet owners in the US, "who have voiced concerns that vaccinations may lead to their dogs developing autism-like behaviour".