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Jack Russell found dead in brook, tied up with twine

The Jack Russell was discovered by a passing dog walker Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a dog was found dumped in a tied-up bag in a brook near Maidstone in Kent.

The dead adult Jack Russell terrier was found inside the large dog food bag, tied up with twine. The macabre sight was discovered by a passing dog walker between Lees and Benover Road in Yalding on Sunday.

There were no obvious signs of injury on this poor animal, and she seemed to be in reasonable condition.

It is possible she may have been alive when dumped in this bag in the river, and then drowned. If this is so, it would have been an incredibly distressing and horrific way for her to die.

We urge anyone with any information at all about where this dog may have come from, and how she may have died, to call us, in strictest confidence, on 0300 123 8018.

The terrier was tricolor and was found inside a bag of ‘Arkwrights’’ dog food - which was green and white.

– Insp. Rosie Russon, RSPCA

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Demand for 'designer dogs' fuels illegal puppy trade

It's a sad reality but the demand for designer dogs - at this time of year - is fuelling the illegal puppy trade.

Tiny Pugs, French Bulldogs and Chow Chow puppies are being smuggled into Britain from Europe to be sold online to unsuspecting families.

Many are unwell, unvaccinated and taken from their mothers too young. Our Correspondent, Derek Johnson has been to a quarantine kennel where puppies are being cared for.

Petitions call for review of sentences for Chunky's torturers

Chunky's attackers were banned from keeping animals for five years. Credit: RSPCA

Several petitions have been raised, calling for a review of the sentencing of four teenagers after they tortured Chunky the dog.

Louise Oldfield from Margate has started one of the petitions. It calls for an 'urgent review of the sentences'.

Four teenagers were banned from keeping animals for five years after they stole and tortured Chunky. The case has been described as one of the most disturbing cases RSPCA inspectors have ever seen.

The thugs broke his leg and neck, set him on fire and fed him drugs before dumping him at a rubbish tip in Manston Road, Margate.

The various petitions call for life bans for anyone abusing animals.

Honey survives after being shot with large ball bearing

Honey, pictured after her ordeal Credit: PDSA
The ball bearing shows up on an X-ray Credit: PDSA

Honey, a cat from South Ockendon in Essex, has been selected as a finalist in a national competition run by a vet charity. The PDSA Pet Survivor Awards recognise the UK’s most incredible tales of pet survival.

The nine-year-old tabby survived being blasted in the face with a large metal ball bearing and is now up against five other pets for the coveted title of PDSA Pet Survivor 2015.

The competition recognises the pets’ incredible survival spirit, the love and devotion of their owners and the skill and dedication of the veterinary teams who helped to save their lives.

The winner will be decided by a public vote.

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Tender, loving care for Chunky after torture ordeal

A pet dog that was tortured and left for dead is now back home with its family after making a remarkable recovery. Chunky was taken from his garden in Margate and subjected to a terrifying ordeal.

The RSPCA called it one of the most disturbing cases of animal cruelty they'd ever seen. Chunky needed specialist treatment which took weeks to complete. Four teenagers have appeared in court over the attack. Tom Savvides has this report.

Video: Chunky is back home after being set on fire and fed with drugs

Chunky, the stolen and tortured dog, is safely back home with his owners in Kent.

Four teenagers were disqualified from keeping animals after torturing a stolen dog in a case the RSPCA described as one of the worst they have ever seen.

Three of the teenagers, aged 15 and 16, admitted kicking and punching the chihuahua cross, named Chunky, before breaking his leg and neck.

They then set him on fire, fed him drugs and dumped him in a rubbish tip in Margate.

Chunky's owners Lisa-Marie Fittall (left) and her twin sister Bonnie-Lee Fittall give their reaction to their pet's ordeal.

Inspector Caroline Doe describes what happened to Chunky and gives her reaction.

Tortured stolen dog safe and well - and back with owners

Chunky with owners (twin sisters) Lisa-Marie Fittall and Bonnie-Lee Fittall Credit: Tom Savvides
Chunky is treated after his ordeal Credit: RSPCA

Chunky, the stolen and tortured dog, is safely back home with his owners!

Four teenagers were disqualified from keeping animals after torturing a stolen dog in a case the RSPCA described as one of the worst they have ever seen.

Three of the teenagers, aged 15 and 16, admitted kicking and punching the chihuahua cross, named Chunky, before breaking his leg and neck.

They then set him on fire, fed him drugs and dumped him in a rubbish tip in Margate.

Despite his ordeal the dog survived and has now been returned to his owners.

The age of the teenagers means that they cannot be identified.

Litter warning after rubber band kills hedgehog

The rubber band was wrapped tightly around the hedgehog's body Credit: RSPCA

A warning has been issued about spreading litter after the death of a hedgehog - caused by a rubber band.

The young hedgehog was found stumbling around in an unusual manner in daylight by a mother and daughter in Basingstoke.

RSPCA inspector Nikki Denham took the sick animal to Hart Wildlife Hospital near Alton, where it was discovered that the hedgehog was being restricted by an elastic band, cutting into the skin under its arms.

The hedgehog was treated at the wildlife hospital for two days before his suffering increased and a vet put the animal to sleep.

Inspector Denham said: “This poor hedgehog was clearly uncomfortable and his wounds from the elastic band had left him not only raw and very sore, but struggling with a nasty infection that had really taken hold of him."

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