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 has launched an investigation after a three week old lamb had its ears cut off in Nottinghamshire.
The RSPCA is warning pet owners in a Nottinghamshire village to be vigilant after a series of suspicious cat deaths.
The RSPCA has appealed for help to catch whoever shot a duck through the neck with a crossbow bolt.
The duck, a female mallard, is able to fly and feed but has so far evaded all attempts to be caught so that the bow can be removed.
An RSPCA spokesman said it is an offence to shoot wildlife with a crossbow and has appealed for more information.
The RSPCA is trying to catch whoever shot a duck through the neck with a crossbow bolt.
The duck, which lives on the River Severn at Lower Lode near Tewkesbury, can fly and feed but the RSPCA have yet to catch her.
The RSPCA is warning people about the dangers of rat poison after a cat was poisoned in Kidderminster.
18-month-old Maisie left her home as usual on July 20. When she returned, she was lethargic but her owner thought she was drowsy because of the heat. Maisie was found collapsed by her owner the next morning.
The examining vet believes that rat poison was the most likely cause of death.
– RSPCA inspector Kelly Lake s
“People have a legal responsibility to use rat poison only in places where it cannot be accessed by domestic animals.
“It may be that Maisie came into contact with a rat that had been poisoned but we will never know which is why we are urging people to act within the law to prevent more animals suffering the same ordeal as this poor young cat.”
The RSPCA says anyone using rat poison is legally required to take all reasonable precautions to prevent death or injury to non-target animals like pets or protected wild animals.
Nelson, a three-week-old lamb, is being bottle-fed by a a farmer in Nottinghamshire, after his mother rejected him following a brutal attack where his ears were cut off.
The RSPCA has described the attack as 'absolutely horrific'.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a three week old lamb had it's ears cut off.
The lamb which has been named Nelson was attacked in a field at Highthorn Farm near Gotham in Nottinghamshire.
As a result of its injuries, the lamb had been abandoned by it's mother. Luckily Nelson had been accepted by a surrogate ewe, and is also being bottle fed.
The RSPCA's Susie Bailey talks about the frequent dumping of cats in public places.
She said: "We just see it more and more whether it's kittens, adult cats. They get dumped in boxes when people have just had enough of them and aren't able to look after them, rather than going through the correct channels and ensuring their safety, they just get dumped on the street."
The number of people who have been prosecuted for animal cruelty has gone up in the Midlands in the last year.
In the West Midlands convictions are up by a third. They have gone down in Leicestershire though.
The RSPCA has tips for caring for animals while the weather is still cold:
Make sure they have a litter tray inside in case it's too cold for them to dig in the ground to go to the toilet.
Put them in reflective coats when walking at night.
For birds: put out food like seeds, fresh unsalted peanuts and table scraps, cheese and fruits like apples and pears. They also love dried mealworms or waxworms, which can be bought from bird food suppliers.
A man from North Derbyshire who illegally caught and sold wild birds has been jailed for eighteen weeks. Russell Yates, 41 years old, of Peveril Road, Tibshelf, admitted a string of offences when he appeared for sentence at Chesterfield Magistrates Court.
A man who was found guilty of illegally catching wild birds and selling them on for profit is due to be sentenced today.
Russell Yates kept dozens of birds in small cages at his house in Tibshelf.
The RSPCA found evidence of him making more than £1000 by trading the birds.
Dogs and pigeons were also found being kept in filthy conditions.