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Reward for missing Crufts champion dog upped to £1000

An award-winning dog has been missing from his home for a week.

The family originally offered a reward of £500 which was increased today to £1000 Credit: Elaine Clark

Rafa, the miniature Bull Terrier has been missing since 16 October from the garden of his home in Bradford.

The family originally offered a reward of £500 which was increased today to £1000.

Rafa beat 85 other dogs to win the title of 'Best in Breed' at Crufts in March this year.

We are absolutely devastated. Of course he is a successful miniature show dog but for us, he's our beloved family pet.

– Elaine Clark, Rafa's owner


Two arrested over horse shooting

Two men have been arrested after a horse was found to have been shot in Raskelf, North Yorkshire.

Two arrested over horse shooting

Police said, "Two men aged 36 and 53 were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage shortly before 12.30am on Thursday 16 October 2014. They both remain in police custody."

They say the animal was shot and later left at an address in the village north of York.

Rabbit found in Bradford with broken leg and ears cut off

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a white rabbit was found with both ears cut off and a broken back leg in a Bradford park.

The rabbit was found straying in the park near Dirkhill Road, Bradford on 12 October by a member of the public, who took the rabbit home and called the RSPCA.

This animal has suffered incredibly and I want to hear from anyone who has any specific information that might lead me to who is responsible. What happened to this rabbit’s ears can’t have been an accident. We actually believe they have been cut off using scissors. The rabbit’s back left leg was also badly broken. The rabbit is on pain relief at the vet’s as they’re going to amputate the broken leg, but the poor creature isn’t out of the woods yet.”

– RSPCA inspector Joanne Hartley

The rabbit was not microchipped so at the moment there is no way of tracing the owner.

It’s inconceivable that someone could do something so terrible to a living thing. I’ve been an RSPCA inspector for 15 years but I’m constantly shocked by the things I have to deal with in this job. If anyone recognises this rabbit, or saw anything specific that might help my investigation, please call me.

– RSPCA inspector Joanne Hartley

Cat fatally shot with air-rifle in Huddersfield

Police are appealing for information after a cat was fatally shot with an air rifle in Huddersfield.

It was left outside overnight between Saturday, 4 October, and Sunday, 5 October. The cat later returned home to Lees Close and was found on the Sunday morning with wounds to the pelvis and chest. He later died as a result of his injuries.

Following examination by a vet, it was established that the wound to the chest was approximately 10 days old with the wound to the pelvis more recent and the shot that killed him. The pellets removed from the cat were from a 2.2 air weapon.

This incident has understandably deeply affected the cat's owner(s), made worse by the fact that we now know the pet was targeted on more than one occasion. If anyone has seen anyone with an air weapon in the Lees Close area or has heard anything on the grapevine about who may be responsible I would urge them to make contact.

– Inspector Jon Dunkerley


Rogue emu returned to owner

Is this your sheep?

Ripon police have issued a picture of a sheep found near the city as they search for its owner.

Sheep found in Ripon

The Suffolk tup was found in a garden of a house next to the A61 on Monday 29 September 2014.

The animal, which is believed to be around 18 months old, has a tag in its right ear and a marking in its left ear.

It is now being looked after by a local arable farmer.

There are no sheep farms in the local area and so it is possible that the tup has escaped from a passing vehicle.

If you have any information which could to reunite the sheep with its owner please get in touch with the police as soon as possible.

– PC Gareth Jones, of Ripon Safer Neighbourhood Team

Pregnant cow's head stuck in wall for several hours

A pregnant cow, which became stuck in a wall in Skegness, has been freed by firefighters in Lincolnshire.

Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service
Crews had to use heavy breaking equipment Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service

The animal which was trapped for several hours had to be sedated before Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue service used heavy breaking equipment to get it out of the opening of a wartime pillbox.

Cow was assisted by Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service
Cow was trapped for several hours Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service

It is now said to have fully recovered from the ordeal.

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