UHI Shetland - Open the door to your future
Sunday 23 June 2024
 12.7°C   SW Fresh Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Community / Bats and mice among SSPCA call-outs last year

TWO reports relating to bats and three calls about wild mice were some of the more unusual incidents animal welfare charity SSPCA attended in Shetland last year.

Figures provided to Shetland News show that officers received 264 reports of injured animals during the year, while there were 67 investigations into potential cruelty.

Seven species of bat have been recorded in Shetland, and they are an occasional visitor to the isles.

By far the most common animal type involved in calls to the SSPCA last year was wild birds, which accounted for 135 of the 445 individual reports.

Gulls made for nearly 50 reports, while there were 45 calls about hedgehogs.

Wild rabbits (30 reports), sheep (29), cats (27) and dogs (26) also kept officers busy.

As well as the bats and wild mice, there were three reports relating to owls, one incident with a ferret and six calls about otters.

When it comes to livestock there were three reports about cows, two about lambs and one regarding poultry. There were seven incidents relating to horses and ponies.

In Shetland the SSPCA has three part-time members of staff, with someone always available.

The charity previously operated a centre in Tingwall, but it shut in 2014.

Across Scotland the SSPCA had its busiest ever year, with around 235 reports of animals in need every day.

It has also experienced an increase in average days in care for all types of animals due to the impact of Covid-19 on animal cruelty prosecutions, meaning many of its nine rescue centres have been at capacity.

Nationally it has also seen an increase in calls from owners who are struggling to afford veterinary care and those struggling to cope with the behavioural issues animals purchased during lockdown now have.

As a result of the high activity the SSPCA has now launched a new fundraising campaign.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.