Rspca Rescue Dumped Goldfish

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RSPCA rescue dumped goldfish
14th November 2018

By Sandra Pearce

RSPCA officers were on hand to help when a number of goldfish were released illegally into a river in Derbyshire.

RSPCA Inspector Mick Darling said: “We were called by a woman who saw around 15 to 20 goldfish being dumped in the stream on July 25. She was concerned because, due to the heatwave and low water level, the fish were trapped in a small part of the waterway.

“I went along and spotted seven fish, and managed to catch four. I returned to the stream with a colleague to have another go at catching the rest. We managed to catch a further six.”

He added: “Releasing these fish into the waterway was a very irresponsible and reckless thing to do.

“Not only were these fish at risk of dying as the water dried up in the stream - but releasing goldfish, or any non-native species, into the wild in England is also illegal under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

“I’d like to urge any fishkeepers never to release their pets into the wild but to seek help from a rescue centre or local aquatics shop if they can no longer keep the fish.”