The RSPCA has had a brush with the law . . . but it’s delighted about it.
For police in Leyland have donated a quantity of dog grooming brushes to the charity.
Sergeant Mark Douglas, of the Leyland Neighbourhood Policing Team, explained: “Officers from Leyland Neighbourhood Policing Team have handed over a number of boxes of dog grooming brushes and other brand new dog goodies to the RSPCA Animal Centre on Longridge Road in Preston.
“The items were found by police in the Leyland area and have not been claimed.
“We did not want them to go to waste and the team wanted to help out a local charity.
“We decided that the RSPCA would be able to make best use of them.
“We handed over 60 grooming brushes and 12 claw clippers, which the RSPCA will use in their valuable work at their animal centres.”
Sergeant Douglas said: “No one has reported them stolen. They were found in a consignment all together.
“They were reported by a member of the public.
“The odds are they have been pinched, or just generally dumped by someone who’s had a business and decided to knock it on the head, or whatever.”
He added: “Our policy is, if something is handed in to the force, it’s kept for a month.
“If no one claims it, either the finder can keep it, or we can dispose of it. If it’s worthy we can give it to a charity.
“I’m absolutely delighted we’ve given it to the RSPCA, all the staff on the team were, it was a good thing to do.”
The RSPCA animal centre manager John Wareing said: “On behalf of the animals and staff at the centre I would like to thank the police for the donation of equipment.
“Our main aim is to take in abandoned, neglected or abused animals. We nurse them back to health, rehabilitate them and find permanent homes for them.
“Once they are back to health we focus on body-coat condition as comfortable as possible, some of the coats are severely matted and need to be very carefully groomed, this equipment will help us to do that.”
He added: “At the RSPCA Preston and District Branch we are a self-funding charity that relies solely on donations from the public and generosity of the community to keep our doors open, we receive no government funding at all. If you would like to support us please feel free to call in to our centre on Longridge Road in Preston or visit our website www.rspca-preston.org.uk.”