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Fred meets the dogs, abandoned and left to die

Their desperate plight shocked animal lovers, not just here. but around the world. A dog and her eight pups were abandoned, weak with hunger - their coats so long and matted they looked like piles of discarded rubbish.

Thankfully all nine dogs are making a good recovery, though it's going to take time to overcome both physical and psychological problems.

They are are being cared for at rescue centres in Hampshire. Fred went along to see them.

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Kent cats struggle to find a home after a year of waiting

Two cats at a Kent animal centre are struggling to find a home - because they are shy.

Coral, whois black and white, and Cali, who is white and black, have been at the RSPCA’s Leybourne Animal Centre in West Malling, Kent for more than a year, waiting fora new owner to notice them and take them home.

The three-year-old sisters arrived in December 2013 after being found living in poor conditions in a multi-cat household.

Coral has been waiting for a home for a year Credit: RSPCA
Cali has been waiting for a home for a year Credit: RSPCA

It took a couple of months for Coral and Cali to recover but now they are such lovely animals and would make such wonderful companions for the right person. But because they are a bit timid, people tend to walk past them - it makes me so sad.

People over look them because they don’t come up to the screen and say hello in the same confident way as some of the others. They have been here for more than a year now and so deserve a home of their own.

– Angelina Allingham, cattery supervisor at the centre

Unfortunately this is quite a common problem which we see all over the country. People just don’t give shy cats a chance. People walk through catteries and just don’t notice the timid ones as they pass through because they don’t go up to strangers immediately, unlike more gregariously natured cats, who know how to go up and catch the passer-by’s eye.

It is such a shame as just because a cat is shy in a cattery doesn’t mean they don’t make loyal, sweet-natured and often cheeky and playful companions once they have settled in a home and have got to know their owners. Some might say that this extra bit of a challenge makes the bond between owner and cat all the more unique.

The shy cat won’t go up to any old stranger with their love - it would be especially for you.

– Abbi Moon, rehoming operations manager for the RSPCA

Deer rescued after being caught in baler twine

A Sussex animal charity has issued a warning about discarded baler twine after a dramatic deer rescue today at Hellingly in East Sussex.

Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) jumped into their ambulance after receiving a call about a Fallow Deer buck with full palmate antlers caught in baler twine and a barbed wire fence. Rescuers Trevor Weeks MBE his partner Kathy Martyn, both from Uckfield, and rescuers Chris Riddington from Eastbourne attended on site.

The rescue was not an easy one, although the deer was restricted in how far it could move, the fact that it was in a hedge made our rescue attempts very difficult. Our first few attempts to pin the deer to the floor using the walk-to-wards net did not work with the deer managing to get up every time. We just couldn’t get the right angle and coverage of the deer to pin it down. We had to take the more risky approach of threading the long net through the fence either side of the deer where we were then able to restrict the deer’s movement. From behind a small tree I was also able to grab on of the back legs safely and full the deer to the floor. From there I was then able to get the deers head covered properly, pin the deer to the floor, and my colleagues Kathy and Chris were then able to start cutting away at the bailer twine.

– Trevor Weeks, founder of WRAS

From start to finish the rescue took 15minutes.

It certainly felt like the rescue was going on and on, we struggled to gain control of the deer. The twine was also very difficult to cut being so tightly attached to the antlers. Your heart really races when doing these rescues because you know you are causing stress to the deer and just want to get it cut free and released safely and as quickly as possible. The poor creatures obviously doesn’t realise we are trying to help it.

– rescuer Kathy Martyn

East Sussex WRAS is asking anyone walking, visiting or working in the countryside to keep an eye out for baler twine and pick up any discard twine and dispose of it properly and safely.

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Unusual sighting for RSPCA officers in Dorset

Stray Rhea discovered in Dorset Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is searching for the owner of a stray Rhea found in the West Moors area of East Dorset today. The large bird, similar to an ostrich, was found roaming in the area. It appears to be well and uninjured but no one has been able to get close enough to be sure. The rhea was found trapped between two lines of fencing and after being carefully herded to safety, is now being held on a nearby farm.

RSPCA staff are monitoring the bird while searching for where it might have come from and are very keen to reunite it with its owner as soon as possible.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Sue Brooks said: “I’ve been an officer for over ten years and I’ve never seen a rhea in the area! We’ve had wallabies before, but this is a new one! We are very keen to trace the owner as soon as possible to return the bird to its rightful home. If anyone in the West Moors area owns rheas we are asking them to count them and check if any have escaped as soon as they can"

Anyone who knows where the rhea may have come from shouldc ontact the RSPCA inspector line on 0300 123 8018.

Sussex team saves baby orangutan after months of neglect

Budi is now responding well after months of neglect Credit: Animal rescue

A rescue team from Sussex has helped to save the life of a baby orangutan after he suffered months of starvation and neglect

For the first year of his life little Budi was kept in a chicken cage and fed entirely on condensed milk.

He'd been kept as a pet by a woman in Borneo who agreed to hand him over when his condition deteriorated.

A rescue team made up of two vets from Sussex charity International Animal Rescue , made a journey of more than 10 hours by boat and road, to bring the baby back to the IAR rescue centre.

Budi was extremely weak, unable to move and suffering from severe anaemia. He is now being monitored round the clock by IAR’s team of vets.

“From the time Budi was captured as a small baby until the day he was rescued, this little orangutan has lived in a chicken cage on a diet of condensed milk. We cannot even begin to imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered. His eyes fill with tears every time he's moved by the doctors and he screams in pain. It's really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long.”

– Karmele L Sanchez, IAR’s Programme Director

Below is a link to a video of Budi being cared for at the IAR Rescue centre. Please be aware that you might find it upsetting. Please remember that he is now responding well to treatment.

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