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Cat rescue centre in urgent appeal for new premises

A cat rescue centre in Sussex has launched an urgent appeal to help find new premises.

Ron Ayres has run the shelter from his rented home in Brighton for fifteen years. Lost Cats Brighton cares for and re-homes around two hundred cats each year.

But Mr Ayres, 77, has now been diagnosed with lung cancer, and he fears for the future of the animals unless a more permanent location can be found.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Ron, and volunteer Fiona Pearce.

lIf you think you can help, you will find more details here.

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Lost German cat gets ready to go home

He's just 5 years old and escaped from a van at a motorway service station in Kent. Then, for five weeks, Kosey hid in the bushes and amongst the cars.

But now Kosey - who's a cat, by the way - is to be reunited with his German owner after a schoolgirl managed to coax him out and take him to the vet.

David Johns reports, speaking to Kosey's owner Ina Pautz (via the Internet), Courtney Weeks who caught the cat, and cattery owner Julia Baxi.


Man banned from keeping animals after cruelty to cat

Chilli was found with head injuries Credit: RSPCA

A pet owner has been banned from keeping all animals for five years.
He admitted owning a cat, found abandoned in a park with severe head injuries.

Joshua Penrice’s kitten, Chilli, was found by a member of the public in the Berryfield area of Aylesbury in April this year.

The black male kitten was taken to a vet who discovered a number of trauma injuries. He had swelling to the front of his head and his nose was bleeding.

The RSPCA were contacted, and Penrice admitted kicking and abandoning Chilli.

The 22-year-old, of Chilton Street, was handed the ban on keeping animals, along with a £60 victim surcharge, ordered to pay £500 costs and carry out 140 hours of unpaid work in the community.

The RSPCA said: “Chilli is still very timid and is clearly still showing signs of the cruelty he suffered. However, he is now in a new home with a new owner and is making good progress.”

Unique fitness regime for region's fattest cat

He's believed to be one of Britain's fattest cats. He's ballooned to more than two stone in weight and all attempts to get him in trim have failed.

So that's called for desperate measures - and now the massive moggy from Dorset is on a strict fitness regime - with a very unlikely mentor. Martin Dowse takes up the story.

Fat cat gets put through his paces by puppy

Ulric is thought to be one of Britain's fattest cats Credit: BNPS

He's believed to be one of Britain's fattest cats and now Ulric who lives in Dorchester, Dorset is being put through his paces by a new personal trainer.

Weighing in at 2st 2lbs Ulric has been declared as morbidly obese by vets. His owner Jan Mitchell has tried everything to help him shift the pounds but nothing has worked until now.

Jan and her husband have bought five month-old Dennis, a a pugalier (a pug crossed with a King Charles cavalier spaniel) and since he arrived Ulric has managed to lose 2lbs - that's more than he managed in 16 months of dieting.

Ulric and Dennis bonded instantly Credit: BNPS

Jan says Ulric and Dennis bonded instantly and spend their days chasing each other round the garden, play-fighting and wrestling helping Ulric to finally lose some weight.

Ulric was a normal-size kitten but his lazy nature and his habit of stealing his sister's food meant he ballooned to the same weight as an average three year old. He is only a few pounds off what is thought to be the world's heaviest cat, Meatball from the US, who weighs in at two-and-a-half stone.


Cat has leg amputated after being shot

Cat has leg amputated after being shot Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot in Churt, Farnham, Surrey, causing so much damage that his leg had to be amputated. Frank, a one year-old male black and white cat, was discovered in a lethargic state at his home in Parkhurst Fields on the afternoon of Monday 20 October. He was limping and unable to put any weight on his back leg. After being taken to a vet, they discovered an air rifle pellet in his femur which had completely shattered the bone. It was recommended thatthe kindest thing to do was remove the leg altogether, as so much damage hadbeen done.

Missing cat found tied to a metal fence

The RSPCA are appealing to the public after a young cat was found tied up by his neck on a building site.

Archie the 18-month-old tabby cat went missing from his home in Hartley Wintney in Hampshire.

Archie the cat was found tied to a fence having been missing for 8 days Credit: RSPCA

The owners handed out leaflets and told workers, who were working on the estate they live on, that they had lost their cat.

After 8 days, one of the workers found Archie with a tight ligature around his neck, tied to a metal fence.

They contacted the owners straight away and took him to the vets.

The wound around Archie's neck Credit: RSPCA

The nylon cord had to be cut from around his neck, which is though to have been tied around him deliberately.

Archie is now recovering but the RSPCA are hoping that someone in the local area may know how he came to be tied up.

Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018.

The nylon cord is thought to have been deliberately tied round the cats neck Credit: RSPCA
  1. Sarah Saunders (@SSaundersITV)

VIDEO: Churchill, the 'British bulldog' has a new cat.

His bulldog spirit saw Britain to victory during World War II. But Sir Winston Churchill had a soft spot when it came to cats.

The wartime leader's love for his feline friends was so strong that he left instructions that a cat must always live at his former home Chartwell, near Sevenoaks in Kent, even long after his death.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Katherine Barnett, Chartwell House and Collections manager, and Jock the cat's new owner.

Man swings cat by tail: RSPCA statement

RSPCA inspector Penny Baker said: “The 10 year ban handed down by the court shows how seriously they viewed these offences.

“He is very lucky that the cat wasn’t more seriously injured. Daisy was less than a year old at the time and didn’t weigh much. If he had done that when she was older and heavier then he could have caused serious damage to her spine.”

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