Unfortunately, every year the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) publishes record figures in terms of abandonment of pets by their owners, especially during the summer period. But do you know what the consequences are for a dog or cat abandoned and left to its own devices? And how does the law respond to these inhumane acts? In this article, we explore these important questions.

Some people do not realize the impact of this abandonment on their animal, which can really traumatize it and even make it sick! Fortunately, the French law is very strict in this regard and provides quite severe penalties for those who commit this cruel act. That’s why we think it’s important to point this out! How many animals are abandoned every year?

The statistics are clear: France is considered the European champion in terms of pet abandonment. As transmitted by the Cross, the SPA produced a worrying report in 2022: 44,199 animals were abandoned, including 27,940 cats. In addition, according to Anissa Putois, communications manager at Peta France and as communicated by National Geographic, 100,000 animals are abandoned every year in our country, including, unfortunately, 60,000 during the summer months, when many unscrupulous owners part with their four-legged friend on the street vacations.

We are not yet at the end of our surprises! In fact, as transmitted by the Daily Mail a few years ago, a story took place in Kentucky, USA. Mélissa Sergent Lewis was late for the elementary school where she works. So, she took a shortcut, and when she was on her way, she was shocked to find a moving trash bag in the middle of the road. The 45-year-old decided to stop and check the contents. To her surprise, she found a puppy inside. The unfortunate little animal had a collar, but no engraved tag. Mrs. Lewis took him to a veterinarian to have his condition checked. Since no one came forward to retrieve the animal, the man in his mid-forties adopted it and named it “Hefty.”

Another story that will leave you speechless!

Brave veteran Aaron Schneider once again proved his courage by rescuing an adorable dog that had been hit by a car on a busy highway, risking his own life to help this vulnerable creature, according to the British newspaper Metro! In fact, the man saw the animal being run over on a dangerous highway in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and didn’t hesitate to cross three lanes of traffic to get it to safety. Despite the obvious danger, Aaron was able to reach the injured beagle and bring it to the Chipman Road Animal Clinic’s intensive care unit. Aaron was unable to find the dog’s owner and decided to care for him after he had fully recovered!

Do dogs and cats feel abandoned?

It is unfortunate to see how insensitive some people can be when they abandon their dog or cat as if it were just an everyday object. Even worse, these poor animals feel the abandonment and can suffer emotionally. It is so sad and unacceptable that an alarming number of animals are abandoned every year in France, and the consequences for these pets can be irreversible!

Why not abandon your pet? An act to denounce!

It’s really sad to learn this … but yes, dropping your pet is a traumatic experience for him! To be clear, these poor animals do not understand what is happening to them and suddenly find themselves in a state of stress and uncertainty. Losing their mate or master is already hard to accept, but wild abandonment even more so because it is completely out of the ordinary for them! These abandoned animals find themselves on their own, lost and disoriented for reasons that could have been easily avoided, often in vain. They end up in shelters and pounds under these mental and physical conditions. A sad reality that shows how important it is to be responsible and take your obligations seriously when adopting a pet.

The law in France says “no” to abandoning pets: Fines and penalties

A heavy sentence! French law is very clear on the abandonment of pets. According to Article 521-1 of the Criminal Code, anyone who mistreats or cruelly treats a pet, tamed or kept in captivity can be punished by imprisonment for up to 3 years and a fine of € 45,000. In addition to these penalties, guilty persons may be temporarily or permanently banned from adopting an animal and from working with animals for a maximum of 5 years.

As you, dear readers, have understood, abandoning your pet is not only a severe legal punishment, but also an inhumane act that can harm your mental and physical health.