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WATCH: Owner speaks out about 'horror attack' on her horse

Skye, an eight-year-old Clydesdale mare, was impaled with a two-foot stake while in a paddock in the Whicham Valley in south Cumbria.

She's now recovering from surgery at a vets in Penrith and Tim Backshall has been along to meet Skye and her owner Annie Rose.

Anyone with information about the attack should contact Cumbria Police on 101 or the RSPCA's cruelty hotline on 0300 1234999.


'People will be brought to account' for animal cruelty

There were 27 convictions for animal cruelty in Cumbria last year, down from 35 in 2012.

Poppet the horse was rescued at the Appleby Fair. Members of the public noticed her and contacted the RSPCA. She was dehydrated and close to death but has since made a good recovery. Her owner was fined more than £2,000.

Will Lamping, an RSPCA inspector, told ITV Border how some people don't respect animals.

Four dogs rescued from baking hot car at Appleby Horse Fair.

Four collie dogs have had to be rescued from a car at the Appleby Horse Fair.

The dogs were found in the back of a pick up truck, where the temperature measured 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The RSPCA and Cumbria Police attended the scene on Garths Head Road in Appleby where they took the back off the car so the collies could be released.

The four dogs were taken to a nearby police station to be given water.


Charity at breaking point over cat crisis

Animal charities in the regions are warning that the number of cats and kittens being abandoned is reaching crisis point and healthy animals may have to be destroyed unless more homes can be found.

The RSPCA says that all of its centres in Cumbria are full, and in some areas it is having to pay for animals to be housed in private catteries - with the situation near breaking point.

Ryan Dollard reports:

"Difficult decisions have to be made" says RSPCA chairman

Alan Green is the chairman of the Westmorland branch of the RSPCA.

He says that the overwhelming number of cats in care has now reached crisis point, which means some very difficult decisions are having to be made:

It's got to crisis point. The RSPCA in the north-west now have 250 cats in private boarding kennels- that's not counting all the RSPCA animal homes, which are all full.

"As we re-home them, they fill us up straight away. People don't realise how much a pet costs, even a cat. If every female cat was neutered then we wouldn't have this problem.

"A female cat can, in theory, have up to 12 kittens in a year. Those kittens can then breed within six months so the problem just escalates.

"When every place is full, you then have to decide what to do with the cats.

"If people won't re-home them, then you have to come to the awful decision to put some to sleep. It's a last resort but sometimes you have no choice."

– Alan Green, Chairman, Westmorland RSPCA
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