A prankster has been banned from keeping animals after he was filmed swallowing a live goldfish in front of stunned McDonald's diners.
West Yorkshire is the animal cruelty capital of England and Wales, according to official RSPCA figures.
See some of the animals rescued by the RSPCA after being cruelly attacked. This article contains images of animals at the point of rescue.
The RSPCA is investigating the death of a dog after an Akita was found dangling from a bridge by a chain fixed to railings.
The animal was spotted by a member of the public, hanging underneath a bridge on Neville Road, in the Halton area of Leeds, on Sunday July 13. It was attached to a bridge over the Wyke Beck by a chain, which was put around the dog’s neck.
RSPCA inspector Ben Cassell said the dog had no form of identification, such as a microchip or tag, but believes someone must know who the animal belongs to.
– RSPCA inspector Ben Cassell
It is quite a close community around that area, so if the dog was owned by someone who lives nearby then someone must recognise him. The dog’s body was in good condition. The animal had clean teeth, had been well fed and had short nails which suggested he was regularly walked. It beggars belief why someone would think of doing this. It is a truly appalling way to end a dog’s life.
RSPCA officers are searching for two boys who threw a cat over an eight foot high fence to dogs on the other side.
The boys were caught on CCTV on a pathway behind housed on Shetcliffe Lane in Bradford as they tossed the cat over the garden fence.
Fortunately the cat was unhurt was left severely shaken.
The boys are both described as white with dark hair. One was dressed in a light blue hooded zip-up top with white sleeves while the other boys was dressed in dark trousers and a black jacket.
RSPCA inspectors are now looking for the two boys - both white with dark hair. One was dressed in a light blue hooded zip-up top with white sleeves while the other boys was dressed in dark trousers and a black jacket
Investigating RSPCA inspector Rachel Oprysk said: “We believe these boys threw the cat over the garden boundary with the intention of her being attacked by the Rottweiler and Alaskan Shepherd on the other side.
“Luckily the garden they chose was the cat’s home so the dogs were used to the cat and did not see her as an intruder."
Police are hunting yobs who apparently ripped off a goose's beak in Wilton Park, Batley.
The animal has been left with just the top part of its beak and its tongue is hanging out.
The Canadian goose was found in the park by a dad who was told by witnesses a group of teenagers had attacked the bird – after previously killing one.
Police believe those responsible are killing animals as part of a sick game.
The dad who found the goose said: “These acts are cruel and we were really upset because this poor goose wasn’t able to feed due to only having part of its beak. We helped it by physically placing bread in its mouth but it couldn’t do it itself."
Carmen Hall, who lives in Florida but used to live in Batley, said online:
“This is absolutely horrific. How could anyone do this?
“I have spoken to the RSPCA myself but they said it was not classed as an emergency, but these cruel actions must be stopped.”
Leanne Plumtree, spokesperson for the RSPCA, said:
“We have been contacted about a Canada goose with a very serious injury in Wilton Park in Batley, and an animal collection officer went out to try to capture the bird twice on Monday and again on Tuesday but attempts have so far been unsuccessful."
A paralysed dog rescued by the RSCPA in Lincolnshire needs your help to pay her vet's bills.
The RSPCA, who found the lurcher, who's thought to have been kicked and dumped by hare coursers, says the one-year-old dog needs vital treatment.
– Spokesman for RSPCA
"She has allegedly been given a huge 'boot' in her lumbar or spine area to disable her which is classic case when coursers are caught red handed by a member of the public with a view to 'finishing her off' later.
"As she was so exhausted it is likely following her day's work that she had become useless to those using her for coursing."
It is hoped the paralysis is temporary. The dog, which the charity said was "severely dehydrated", has been named Flo.
A paralysed dog that is thought to have been kicked and dumped by hare coursers has been rescued by the RSCPA in Lincolnshire.
The charity said the female black lurcher was found near rabbit and hare carcasses by a dog walker. Now, the organisation is appealing for help in paying for vets' bills for the 1-year-old dog.
Ahead of the launch of their new campaign to highlight the dangers animals and those trying to protect them face, the RSPCA have released some examples of the cases and violence faced by RSPCA inspectors over the past two years.
Cases of animals suffering brutal attacks included:
- A dog beaten with a pole, causing 30 fractures
- A swan shot with a crossbow
- A cat beaten against a tree
- A three-week-old lamb with its ears cut off
- A lurcher stamped on, run over and stabbed with a potato peeler
- A bird shot with a blowgun dart through his eye
- A mouse tortured with a power tool
Staff investigating violence on animals were threatened with:
- A claw hammer
- A knife
- A crossbow
- A shotgun
- A machete
- Death threats
- Read more: RSPCA's anti-cruelty heroes
– Chris Packham, TV presenter and wildlife expert
I take my hat off to RSPCA Inspectors, I wouldn't want to go into the situations they do and deal with people who have inflicted such barbaric cruelty on defenceless animals - that takes real courage and professionalism.
Sadly dealing with the most stomach-churning suffering is everyday work to these men and women. I dread to think what would happen if they weren't there to help.
These everyday heroes can only help thanks to donations from the public.