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Two kittens die - two more ill after being dumped in Essex

The four kittens found dumped in Essex Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after four tiny kittens were found abandoned in a “filthy” cardboard box near Billericay in Essex.

The animal welfare charity was called by a man who found them abandoned outside a cattery in Oak Road, Crays Hill, last Wednesday night (27 September).

RSPCA officer Lucy Fackerell went to collect the kittens thought to be only four-weeks-old.

They’d been left in a filthy cardboard box with no blanket and nothing to keep them warm. They were freezing cold and covered in their own mess.

Staff at the cattery moved them inside to warm them up and cleaned them up before calling me.

Other than being very cold and frightened they seemed to be okay but did have swollen bellies which I suspected to be a result of untreated worms.

Sadly, the kittens all developed breathing problems and were really weak. They also had chronic diarrhoea and, tragically, two slipped away in their sleep.

The two remaining kittens are still very poorly and it’s touch and go whether they’ll make it. We’re just keeping everything crossed for these poor little things.

– Lucy Fackerell, RSPCA

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Happy ending for rescued Bulldog Betty

Rescue dog Betty in her new home

A bulldog who was living outside surrounded by her own faeces has been re-homed after being rescued by the RSPCA and police in East Cambridgeshire.

Betty was living in a dirty outbuilding. There were also two other dogs found at the property in Cambridgeshire in March last year.

Bulldogs Betty and Wilma and a terrier cross called Gabbi were taken to the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Centre in Aylesbury where they were cared for by staff and later rehomed.

Sam Chisholme, 43, from Linslade in Bedfordshire, rehomed Betty in March this year.

Betty is fit and healthy now and she’s incredibly placid. You would never know from her temperament that she has been through such an ordeal. She is such a beautiful little friend to have around. She loves her walks and for a bulldog she’s quite good

– Sam Chisholme, dog owner

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Grass snake 'not a happy chap' after getting caught in netting

The tangled grass snake found in Suffolk. Credit: RSPCA.

A grass snake had to be rescued after getting tangled in netting above a pond in Suffolk.

The RSPCA was called out after the 3ft-long reptile was spotted thrashing about in Chillesford earlier this month.

Inspector Natalie Bartle cut him out and let him swim away.

"The grass snake was not a happy chap when I arrived to free him. Snakes are naturally shy and reserved so to be exposed like that and unable to free himself was obviously really stressing him out.

"At this time of year when the weather gets warmer, snakes like grass snakes and adders will head to damp, cool places like ponds to manage their internal temperature, but of course they can get tangled up as in this case."

– Natalie Bartle, RSPCA inspector.

She urged families to replace their garden netting with solid metal mesh which is considered safer for wildlife.

Fox trapped in "inhumane and cruel snare" in Suffolk

The fox trapped in a wire snare. Credit: RSPCA.

An animal charity has slammed the use of an "inhumane and cruel" snare after a fox was found hanging from the wires in Suffolk.

RSPCA inspectors believe it had been intentionally set up to catch foxes. It was 2ft off the ground on a wire fence in woodland off Barningham Road in Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds.

The animal was caught around the waist when he was discovered, meaning it did not cause serious injury, but could have resulted in far more suffering.

Chris Nice, an RSPCA inspector, said the fox would have starved to death if he had not been found. It took 40 minutes to cut it free.

"Snares can cause a huge amount of pain and distress and can be fatal. The use of them on animals is inhumane and cruel.

"People need to be aware that they leave themselves open to prosecution if they are using illegal traps or not setting and checking them correctly."

– Chris Nice, RSPCA.

The fox had a cut foot but was release back to the wild straight away to avoid causing it extra stress.

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