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Three plead guilty to puppy napping

Two women and a man have pleaded guilty to their involvement in a burglary where seven, six-week-old Poochon puppies were stolen from their Cusworth home in May this year.

Three plead guilty to puppy napping Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Richard Thomas, 27, of Ennerdale Road, Wheatley Hills, Kerry Scase, 29, of Beech Street, South Elmsall and Tonya Newton, 25, of Almhome Lane, Arksey, all appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on 28 October.

Thomas was charged with burglary and Scase and Newton were charged with handling stolen goods. All three pleaded guilty to the offences they were charged with.

The puppies were stolen from Cusworth Lane, on 28 May when Thomas broke in at around 11am and stole the puppies, a cross between the Poodle and Bichon Frise breed, from a pen they were in with their mother.

All three were arrested on Tuesday 3, June, and the puppies, were safely recovered from the women’s addresses the same day.

They have been bailed until Tuesday, 25 November, when they will appear at Sheffield Crown Court to be sentenced.

Detective Inspector Paul Dickinson and Sergeant Stuart Rowse with the seven puppies when they were recovered in June. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

All seven of the puppies recovered well from their ordeal, as there were concerns at the time for their wellbeing as they were too young to be away from their mother. The owners of the puppies suffered unnecessary distress and heartache when they were stolen. I am pleased all three have pleaded guilty and have taken responsibility for their actions.

– DC Andy Hotchkiss


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
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