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Onion “rat” is no laughing matter! 

The RSPCA has revealed details of some of its silliest calls in a bid to discourage time wasters.

One of the strangest came from a person who rang their cruelty hot-line to say they thought they had seen a monkey in a rabbit suit and wanted them to investigate.

Another caller said they were upset as they had overheard someone refer to their cross-breed dog as a ‘mongrel’ which they felt was insulting.

There was also a woman who wanted someone from the RSPCA to come along to her birthday lunch as a guest and a caller who wanted to know what they could expect to see and hear when watching foxes mating!

A spokesman for the RSPCA said he wished this story was an April Fool’s joke but all the calls were real but very annoying as they wasted time and resources.

Since 2011, calls to their 24-hour cruelty telephone line had risen by more than 50 per cent and silly reports were not helping their workload.

“Like many charities we are facing a big rise in calls at a time when our resources are under most strain,” said an inspector. “In one recent case we had a call from someone who was convinced they had a rat in their kitchen, which they thought was unwell as it hadn’t moved in some time. When we arrived our inspector soon discovered it was in fact an onion that had rolled out of their shopping bag and onto the floor.”

“Many of these calls are not made in malice, and of course much as we would like to help everyone, we simply haven’t got the staff to personally investigate each and every issue that the public brings to us, so we must prioritise to make sure we get to the animals most in need.”