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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."


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

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.


Elderly dog with tumours left tied to railings

The corgi cross dog was found abandoned and tied to railings in Oxford Credit: RSPCA

An elderly vulnerable dog has been abandoned and tied to railings in Oxford.

The dog has two tumours the size of apples and was found dumped along a path between Cowley Road and Cricket Road at 5pm on Wednesday 23rd April by a school girl.

The dog is thought to be aged between 10 and 12-years-old Credit: RSPCA

The dog was taken to the girl's home and given a bath when the two lumps were found.

The vet said that she was suffering from two ruptured mammary tumours and they said he condition had been deemed so serious that it would be best to put her to sleep to end her suffering.

RSPCA inspector Andy Eddy said: “Tumours this size would have been incredibly painful for poor Lara - she must have been suffering a great deal. If she had received treatment sooner, we may have been able to save her."

Hampshire girls spend night in kennel for RSPCA

Lily Blench and Hollie Bertie Credit: RSPCA

Two Hampshire girls have raised more than £200 for the RSPCA - after spending 24 hours in a kennel. Lily Blench and Hollie Bertie, both aged 12,from Alderholt, Hampshire spend 24 hours in the kennel built by Lily’s dad Chris.

Lily and Holly had magazines and colouring pens to keep them entertained, and Chris delivered food to them to keep them going.

Lily Blench said: “Doing the challenge made us think about all the dogs and any other animals that are shut outside on cold nights. At least we had food, drink and knew we are loved.”

Man jailed for cutting off pup's tail

A man from Uckfield has been jailed for 12 weeks after he cut off an eight-week-old puppy's tail.

Walter Doe, who is 24 years old, from Campbell Close in Uckfield was also banned from keeping all animals for 10 years.

The RSPCA were called in July last year and found the Jack Russell puppy with a bandage around his tail and in obvious pain.

The vet said the wound was very clean-cut wound and must have been made with a sharp tool.

The prison sentence reflects how seriously the court took the suffering caused to the puppy. We have no proof about what was used to dock Jack’s tail, but whether it was a knife or a pair of scissors, he would have been in agony. Cutting through the bone of the tail must have been excruciatingly painful and no attempt at all was made to relieve this pain.Tail docking is such a brutal way to treat a young animal in any case. As well as the pain is causes, it is just completely unnecessary and deprives the animal of their best means of expression and balance.”

– RSPCA Inspector Andrew Kirby
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