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Coronavirus Kent: RSPCA closes as part of nationwide lockdown

The situation with coronavirus is causing many firms and organisations to change their plans almost daily.

It was only Monday that the RSPCA confidently assured people that it would be continuing its vital work housing and re-homing unwanted animals, but in the light of the government's latest clamp-down that has now changed.

Only RSPCA inspectors will take in animals now
Only RSPCA inspectors will take in animals now

The charity has announced it is closing all its animal centres, wildlife centres and charity shops to the public until further notice.

In addition its no longer sending out animals for fostering or adoption and no longer accepting animals from the public - including wildlife.

The only animals it was take in now are emergency cases rescued by the charity's own inspectors.

A spokesman said: "We remain committed to looking after all of the animals already in our care.

"This is an incredibly difficult time for us and we appreciate the public's ongoing support."

The Leybourne centre announcement
The Leybourne centre announcement

The RSPCA centre at Leybourne near Maidstone is among those affected.

It used Facebook to tell its supporters of the new rules.

Visit the RSPCA here.

The charity's cruelty line, for animals being mistreated, is 0300 1234 999

For the latest coronavirus news and advice, click here.

Escaped animals, unusual finds and news from the RSPCA can all be found here.

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