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RSPCA warns rise in ‘starter pets’ could lead to rise in neglect

The RSPCA has issued a warning over the interest in ‘starter pets’ during lockdown, which often lead to an increase in neglect due to their complex needs.

Google searches for small pets to buy during lockdown soared compared to the year before, with ‘rabbits for sale’ searches more than tripling from 18,000 in July 2019 to 65,000 in July 2020.

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