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£1 million appeal to build new RSPCA veterinary suite

A dog at an RSPCA waiting room Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

RSCPA Leicestershire has launched the biggest appeal in its history to build a new veterinary suite.

The £1 million scheme was launched at Leicester's Woodside Animal Centre where it will be built.

The Care 4 Paws appeal will allow animals to remain on site for treatment instead of having to be transported around the region.

RSPCA concern after dog pictured being pulled by van

The RSPCA are concerned for the welfare of the dog in this picture Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA are appealing for information after a man was spotted pulling a dog behind a moving van in Walton-on-Trent in South Derbyshire.

A passing motorist took a photograph of the man who was sat on the floor of the van with the back doors open, holding a tan-coloured boxer or bull-terrier.

It is thought the van was moving at about 15mph, forcing the dog to run behind it. The motorist that took the picture said the dog looked to have clearly been struggling with the speed.

The van was a white Transit type vehicle. The man is described as white, wearing a light grey hooded top, dark jeans, a blue baseball cap and brown shoes.

It happened at 4pm on 2 May this year.

The RSPCA say they are concerned for the welfare of the dog, and are asking anyone with information to call them on 0300 123 8018.

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MP labels dog hanging 'horrendous' and 'barbaric'

The news that a dog has been found hung near Kates Hill School in Dudley has led an MP to label the crime as 'horrendous' and 'barbaric'

Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North said:

Decent people will be appalled by such an horrendous crime. It is utterly barbaric and you have to question the mentality of the people responsible.

Someone must know who did this and I hope they come forward with any information they have so the police and RSPCA can bring the perpetrators to justice.

I know local people will be outraged that this could happen in Dudley. I get a lot of correspondence from local people about animal welfare and I have worked hard to campaign on animal welfare issues. Incidents like this remind us why much more still needs to be done.

Horse rescues double in Midlands amid 'UK horse crisis'

A 'horse crisis' has gripped the UK, with the number of neglected animals being rescued almost doubling over past five years in the Midlands alone, according to the RSPCA.

Falling horse prices combined with rising feed and care costs have led to hundreds of horses have been abandoned, dumped or found starving across the region.

The number of horses being dumped, abandoned or left to starve has almost doubled in the region over the past five years Credit: PA

In 2009, the animal charity rescued 145 horses in the Midlands - by last year, this number had risen to 280.

And in Shropshire alone, the number of rescues has soared from four five years ago to 36 in 2013 - a rise of 800 per cent.

Delight as cancer-patient rescue dog finds new home

An RSPCA rescue dog who was diagnosed with cancer has finally be rehomed after months of being left on the shelf.

Eight-year-old Cleo was taken into the RSPCA Derby and District Branch, where a routine vet check discovered she had a number of mammory tumours which were likely to be cancerous, and would need an operation in future.

Volunteer Leanne Manchester said rehoming animals is tough enough in the current climate, without new owners having to worry about medical bills on top of the cost of keeping a pet.

Cleo has now found a new home Credit: RSPCA

Staff launched an appeal for a new family willing to take her on - and, after a Facebook appeal was shared dozens of times, it reached a woman living on the Isle of Man.

Anita Williams has taken in several terminally ill animals in the past and offered Cleo the chance to join them.

Ms Manchester said everyone at the branch was overjoyed they had managed to find her a home.

We are just delighted that Cleo has found a loving new home after all the stress she has had.

We don’t know how long she has left – months or hopefully years – but we do know they are going to be filled with happiness and love.

We just hope that Cleo’s story will encourage more people to adopt dogs from the RSPCA as we have so many with sad background stories like Cleo.

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Duke opens Birmingham animal centre

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited Birmingham today to officially open the RSPCA's new flagship animal centre and hospital.

The Duke of Gloucester makes a furry friend Credit: Joe Murphy/RSPCA

Prince Richard was joined by staff and volunteers at the opening of the site in Frankley.

The Duke of Gloucester opens the new RSPCA animal centre in Birmingham Credit: Joe Murphy/RSPCA

The Duke was then given a tour of the centre and met some of the animals whose home it has become.

The Duke of Gloucester being shown round the new RSPCA centre Credit: Joe Murphy/RSPCA

Duke of Gloucester to open new RSPCA Animal Centre

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester is expected to visit Birmingham today to open the new flagship RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital.

The new RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital in Frankley Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Prince Richard will join RSPCA staff and volunteers and the charity's chief executive, Gavin Grant, at the official opening at around 11 o'clock this morning.

The Duke will then be given a tour of the site before speaking with staff and volunteers.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester will visit Birmingham today Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The new centre at Newbrook Farm in Frankley has been in use since the end of 2012 and is the RSPCA's national centre of excellence for animal welfare.

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier at the RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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