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

by Sarah Saunders (@SSaundersITV)

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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Man banned from keeping animals after swinging pet cat by tail

A man from Southampton who was filmed swinging his cat by the tail has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Matthew Coffin admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Daisy the cat after he was filmed man-handling the animal in his studio flat in September last year.

The 27-year-old, of Vanguard Road, claimed at first that he was not showing off, but was preparing the cat for a visit by someone who had a tendency to pull cats’ tails.

However, while he maintained his reason for pulling the cat’s tail, he admitted before the magistrates an element of bravado when he acted in the way that he had.

Coffin was fined £150 and also ordered to pay £257.50 costs.

Cat who went missing last year shows up in Scotland!

Pablo the cat Credit: CP Library

A cat from Lewisham, who ended up over four-hundred miles away in Scotland, is being reunited with his owner in Sussex today.

Pablo went missing last year but thanks to his microchip, his owners were identified and he is being flown back home.

Tracy Shiells, Regional Development Manager at Cats Protection in North Scotland said, "We have learned that a lady living in Lewisham mistook Pablo for a stray and took him into her home. She then moved to Rosyth in the last few weeks, bringing Pablo and her other cat with her."

Animal rescue crisis in south-east

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

For a nation of animal lovers we're doing a pretty bad job. Animal centres across Kent are reporting ever greater numbers of cats, dogs and other pets being dumped, abandoned or mistreated.

The RSPCA says its centres at Canterbury and Leybourne are now at crisis point - so full, they simply can't deal with any more animals. David Johns reports, speaking to Christine Dooley and Adele Collier from the RSPCA in Kent.

To help re-home a cat or any of the other animals, please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 0751 or visit www.rspca.org.uk

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Five week old cat found abandoned in a taped box

Animal centres in Kent say they have run out of space to care for abandoned, sick or injured cats. This cat was found abandoned in a taped box when it was just five weeks old.

Becky Blackmore, from the RSPCA said, "our local RSPCA branches never put a cat to sleep if it can be rehomed. However, resources are now so stretched that we need the public to support us to ensure we can continue to provide this service for unwanted, abandoned sick and injured cats in Kent."

Kent over-run with unwanted cats

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Cats such as this one are being left on the street by their owners Credit: PA Wire

The RSPCA in Kent is becoming over-run with abandoned cats.

A rapidly moving rental market means cats are being left behind as the owners move on to another property.

The animal shelter in Kent is full to capacity with more than 350 unwanted cats waiting for homes.

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