The charity said it would focus more on caring for animals seized from owners after being cruelly treated
Yesterday the RSPCA defended its new rules, which will be introduced at 17 national animal centres in England and Wales, and said it wanted to make owners take more responsibility for their pets.
'Our highest priority is to look after the animals that most need help, the pets and other animals rescued by our inspectors from cruelty and neglect,' a spokesman said.
'That is the RSPCA's core aim and that has not changed.'
From next month, pets belonging to people taken to hospital, evicted from their homes or who are unable to cope with them will not be allowed to be left at the RSPCA centres.
The RSPCA is Britain's eighth largest charity, and has an income of £119million a year.
|RICHARD MARTIN RSPCA FOUNDER TURNING IN HIS GRAVE|
The words of RSPCA founder Richard Martin at its first meeting in 1842 should ring in the ears of every RSPCA Council member, Officer and supporter. "It would be ill judged for it to become known as a prosecuting society and the prime aim should be to alter the moral feelings of the country."