She left with a £30 donation towards an operation that cost £530. “I was so upset,” she said.
“There’s no help for anyone in my situation.” Miss Thomas, 44, who takes medication for chronic abdominal pain, said neither the RSPCA nor the PDSA could offer more than donations because of where she lived.
“A lot of people from Shaw Heath and Longridge will be in the same situation as me,” she said.
“I think there should be somewhere to go.”
Twiggy later underwent an operation to treat mammary tumours at Ark Veterinary Surgery in Mobberley Road.
The Self Help Group for farmers, Pet Owners and Others experiencing difficulties with the RSPCA have been campaigning for years for an animal NHS for the animals of pensioners and those on benefits.
The RSPCA frequently turns people away and threatens them with prosecution if they fail to obtain prohibitively expensive treatment for an animal that may well have been their sole companion for its entire life, or put it down.
Animals are a part of the lives of many people in this country and it is totally unacceptable for one of the richest charities in this country to turn people who ask for help away thus making animal keeping the province only of the very wealthy.
Shame on the RSPCA who have failed to meet the needs of Sue and Twiggy.
Perhaps now the government will divert some of the squandered lottery millions into providing for animal welfare and preventing suffering by creating an animal NHS.