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Dog with tumors dumped in Stoke-on-Trent

The dog was found abandoned Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog with two big tumours was found abandoned in Stoke-on-Trent.

The white Staffordshire bull terrier, who has been nicknamed Bubbles, was found in Garsdale Crescent, Blurton, on Tuesday morning.

Bubbles has a tumour inside her mouth and another on the right side of her body. She is currently being treated and being kept comfortable at a veterinary practice.

She is a lovely, very friendly girl but is unfortunately riddled with tumours which obviously haven’t been treated. Sadly she is very poorly. We would like to find out more about where she came from.

– RSPCA Inspector Laura Bryant
Bubbles has two major tumors Credit: RSPCA

Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0345 123 8018.

Photos released following fire attack on foal

The RSPCA has released photos of a foal which was seriously hurt following an attack where inflammable liquid was thrown on its face and set alight.

The foal's owner has also provided photos in an attempt to catch the attacker.

The injured foal Credit: Craig Appleby
The foal was seriously hurt on the nose Credit: Craig Appleby
Police are investigating the attack Credit: RSPCA
The foal is now recovering from its ordeal Credit: RSPCA


Cat survives 150 mile round trip trapped in car engine bay

Darcy survived his ordeal with just a small bald patch to show for it Credit: RSPCA

A cat has managed to survive a 150 mile round-trip whilst trapped in the engine bay of a Mercedes Benz.

Four-year-old tabby cat Darcy is thought to have taken shelter from the rain under the car and somehow got trapped in the engine bay.

The owner of the car made the startling discovery when she took her car to the garage after returning from a trip from Cannock, in Staffordshire, to Manchester.

Staff at Fix Auto in Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield, first became aware there was a problem when the car’s owner reported its engine warning light had come on and yet there were no obvious sign of a problem.

After a test drive, they noticed a strange burning smell rising from under the bonnet and then, on closer inspection, discovered fur wrapped around the engine’s alternator.

Fearing the worst, they inspected the engine itself, only to find Darcy alive and well in the engine.

Darcy survived a 150 mile trip trapped in the car engine Credit: RSPCA

Technicians at Fix Auto in Lichfield said that the car had been brought in just before close on Saturday afternoon, meaning that Darcy wasn't discovered until Monday morning.

The poor thing looked absolutely petrified. Who knows how long he had been stuck in there."

“He was so close to various moving parts, it’s a miracle he survived.”

– Lee Langley, Fix Auto Lichfield’s technician

Staff called the RSPCA and Inspector Kate Levesley arrived to help with the rescue.

Darcy’s owner, Christine Evans, of Lupin Drive, Cannock, said she was thrilled to get Darcy back after he had been missing for three days.

Darcy is recovering remarkably well following his ordeal Credit: RSPCA

Darcy is absolutely fine other than he’s got a bald patch on his tail. When he got back home he acted as though nothing had happened. We are so happy to have him back.”

– Christine Evans, Darcy's owner


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Nottingham cases of animal cruelty rising say RSPCA

Cases of animal cruelty and neglect are on the increase in Nottinghamshire according to the RSPCA.

The charity says the number of people prosecuted for beating and stabbing their pets has doubled in the past year.

The number of animals being abandoned and left to die has also risen.

Just to warn you Phil Brewster's report contains pictures which some viewers may find upsetting.

£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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