"If pet owners are going away on holiday we would urge them to make sure their pet is cared for by asking friends or family to care for them, call a pet sitter or take them to a licensed boarding establishment," Osborne said.
No matter the reason, the abandonment needs to end.
"All we know is that there is a real peak in the number of abandonments in the summer months - July in particular - and it is animal welfare charities like us at the RSPCA that are left to pick up the pieces. There is a huge strain on our resources at this time of year because of this," Osborne said.
It's only mid-July, and already the RSPCA has seen countless abandonment cases, including Maverick, who was abandoned at a train station when his parents couldn't take him with them ...