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Abandoned dog described as looking like 'bag of bones'

The RSPCA have appealed for the owners of an abandoned whippet to come forward after it was found abandoned looking severely underweight with painful sores all over its body.

Bramble the three-year-old dog was discovered by a member of public in Abbotsbury, Dorset, on Saturday.

Bramble the three-year-old whippet. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Insp John Pollock said:

Poor Bramble is so thin, she is just skin and bones and has sores all over her body.

This poor girl needs plenty of tender loving care as she is so thin and the sores are deep and infected. It was desperately sad to see.

We do not know how long she has been like this and was picked up as a stray. She is in a bad way and we would like to be able to track down her owner.

– John Pollock

Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

RSPCA appeal after cat shot in paw

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot in the paw in Hastings.

Loki, a young male tabby, not even a year old, was found bleeding at his home in Mare Bay Close, St Leonards on Sea.

X-rays revealed he had been shot in the leg by an air rifle. It is believed he was wandering in the woods near his house when he was attacked. Despite initial fears that he may not survive the attack, Loki is now on the road to recovery.

Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

“What really scares us though is letting him out again, knowing that there is someone out there who shot him and might do this again.”

– Callum Mair, Loki's owner

“We urge anyone with any information about this callous act to come forward and let us know - it was such a pointlessly cruel thing to do.

Every year the RSPCA is bombarded with calls reporting animals being deliberately shot by an air gun. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal."

– Ali Edwards, RSPCA Inspector

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Couple hanged dog to avoid vet bills

Couple hanged their dog to avoid vet bills Credit: RSPCA

A couple who hanged a dog because they did not want to pay to have it put down have been spared jail.

Veronica Reid, 42, and Jon Allen, 27, hatched a plan with friend Paul Brown, 52, to kill the collie dog, called Shandy.

Salisbury Magistrates' Court heard how Allen and Brown had gone to a veterinary practice in Trowbridge, Wiltshire on January 17 this year to inquire about having the dog put down because it was too aggressive.

They were told the animal would have to be assessed and the procedure would cost more than £100.

Matthew Knight, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the vet noted the pair seemed concerned about the cost.

The next day the three defendants hanged the dog from a loft hatch at Reid's home in Trowbridge.

The dog's body was buried in Reid's garden. The RSPCA began investigating in March

All three defendants had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Brown, of Okehampton Road, Exeter, Devon failed to attend court today for sentencing and magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.

Reid and Allen, both of Woolpack Meadows, Trowbridge did attend and their solicitors both told the court how they had suffered "vilification" in the local community.

Nick Redhead, for Reid, said: "She is in no doubt as to the gravity of the position she finds herself in today.

"She has suffered a degree of vilification in her community has a consequence."

Sylvia Aitken-Sykes, chair of the bench, sentenced Reid to 18 weeks' imprisonment and Allen 23 weeks' custody - both suspended for 18 months.

She told Reid: "This was a particularly nasty and revolting act."

Reid was also placed on a tagged curfew, from 9pm to 7am, for six months while Allen was given 300 hours of unpaid work.

Both were banned from keeping animals for 10 years and ordered to pay £100 towards prosecution costs of £2,845.50 and the £80 victim surcharge.

Inspector Miranda Albinson, of the RSPCA, said she was disappointed with the sentences.

"We were hoping for a lifetime ban on keeping animals but we also respect the court's decision in explaining the reasoning for the sentences," she said.

"Hanging a dog is a horrific thing to do. Why would you even think it was a suitable way to euthanise an animal?

"There are other options, such as help from charities or payment plans from vets which could have been discussed the next day."

Video: Woman banned after kicking dog through railings

A woman from Dorset has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years, after she was caught on CCTV kicking her dog outside a row of shops.

Hannah Bennett, 35, of Arras Road, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing suffering by kicking Mace, her Staffordshire bull terrier, on 30 May 2014. She was also given a two-week custodial sentence to be suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 by Weymouth Magistrates' Court.

CCTV footage showed Bennett outside a shop on High Street in Wool, with Mace following closely behind her. She then turned and appeared to say something to the dog before drawing back her right leg and kicking him so hard that he flew from the raised walkway through railings onto the adjacent car park.

Woman caught on CCTV kicking her dog in the street

CCTV image of Hannah kicking her dog Credit: RSPCA

A Bovington woman has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to her dog by kicking him. 35 year old Hannah Bennett of Arras Road, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing suffering by kicking Mace, her Staffordshire bull terrier, on 30 May 2014. She was also given a two-week custodial sentence to be suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 by Weymouth Magistrates' Court.

CCTV footage showed Bennett outside a shop on High Street in Wool, with Mace following closely behind her. She then turned and appeared to say something to the dog before drawing back her right leg and kicking him so hard that he flew from the raised walkway through railings onto the adjacent car park.

Bennett continued to pull and drag Mace by his collar after being remonstrated with by passers-by, but they eventually managed to get the dog away from her. Veterinary examinations showed that 13-year-old Mace had tenderness to his abdomen and blood in his urine. However, he recovered after about 10 days and was later signed over to the RSPCA. He remains in our care.

"Mace clearly trusted his owner and she abused this trust when she kicked him. No animal should have to suffer at the hands of its owner as they are the one person in the world who should be caring for that animal."

– RSPCA Inspector Graham Hammond

Cat shot at with air rifle left with a broken leg

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot, leaving her with a broken leg.

Lilly, a black and white cat, went missing from her home in Albany Road on 13th June but was found a couple days later near bushes with a broken leg.

When she was taken to the vets, they found she had been shot with a lead pellet air rifle.

Having had an operation on her leg, it is still unclear if she will have to have her leg amputated.

RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said, "Cats and wildlife seem to be the main target of attacks simply because they are out in the open with no one to protect them.

"These attacks are often deliberate by people who just don't care about hurting animals."

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New homes needed for neglected horses and ponies

RSPCA Inspectors have dealt with record abuse cases Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA has launched a campaign to find homes for a record number of abused, neglected and abandoned horses and ponies. The charity is facing an equine crisis as falling horse prices, combined with rising feed and care costs, have led to thousands of horses being neglected and dumped.

Over the last five years, the number of neglected horses rescued by RSPCA inspectors has almost tripled. Convictions relating to horses have more than doubled - bucking the national trend of a reduction in animal welfare convictions.

RSPCA inspectors rescued most equines from Hampshire last year - 163 horses, ponies and donkeys The charity has 900 neglected, abused and abandoned horses in care across England and Wales.

RSPCA chief inspector Cathy Hyde said: "Over the past five years there has been worrying increase in equine neglect and abuse. This is witnessed on a daily basis by frontline staff. This disturbing trend seems to be affecting equines more than any other animal that we deal with."

The Homes for Horses campaign is being launched today to find loving homes for hundreds of RSPCA rescue horse and ponies. A series of open days is being held at RSPCA centres to showcase rescue horses and ponies. To find out more visit www.rspca.org.uk/homesforhorses

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

Animal cruelty at shocking levels across the south

Despite being a nation of, so called, animal lovers - new figures from the RSPCA show cruelty cases in the South is still at shocking levels.

There have been more than 250 convictions for animal cruelty in our region in the past 12 months.

However, that is down from almost 300 cases in 2012. Hampshire has seen the most cruelty cases. With almost 100 people prosecuted in the last year.

Inspectors say they're dealing with far too many "horrendous" cases, as David Johns reports.

New figures show 'shocking' increase in animal cruelty

The RSPCA says new figures on the amount of cruelty to animals in the south and south east is shocking. Inspectors say they're dealing with far too many "horrendous" cases. In Kent the number of defendants convicted rose from 62 in 2012 to 65 in 2013 - a 5% increase.

The figures are detailed in the charity's Prosecution Annual Report, out today. It shows that there were 215 defendants convicted in the south east in 2013, exactly the same as 2012.

Kent was sixth highest area in the country, while Essex was tenth.

Some of the shocking cases included Florence the shih-tzu from Brighton, who was so badly neglected her paws dropped off, and a shar pei named Ruby who was kicked, punched and dragged along a pavement in Kent before she died.

ITV Meridian spoke to Insp Caroline Doe from the RSPCA.

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