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    Six people required to help rescue 12 stone St Bernard

    NewsFriday 23 August 2013
    The RSPCA received a call regarding abandoned pets at a house in Rhondda Cynon Taf, in South East Wales. One of these pets was a giant St Bernard dog (not pictured), that weighed in at around 12 stone (75kg).
    Six people were needed to carry the dog out of the terraced house in Mountain Ash. 
    The RSPCA suspect that the owners have left the dog behind along with a cat and a hamster. 
    Three police officers, along with two members of the public and RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper, lifted the dog through the window. 
    As there were no keys available, the officers had to gain access to the house by going through the front windows. 
    The RSPCA said that the three pets appeared to be “in reasonable condition” despite the time on their own. 
    Inspector Gemma Cooper told the BBC: "Unfortunately we are seeing many abandoned animals at the moment.
    "People are moving house and leaving their animals behind or even going on holiday and leaving pets at home.
    "If people have pets they cannot care for, for any reason, then help and advice is always available from the RSPCA and other animal charities."
    The animal charity said the pets would be found new homes if the owners did not come forward within 14 days.
    The RSPCA said anyone with information is asked to contact them on 0300 1234 999.
    Picture: Iain Buchanan
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