The RSPCA has released a report showing a rise in the number of convictions for animal cruelty over the last two years.
A father and son given suspended jail sentences & banned from keeping birds for life, after discovery of 500 cockerels bred for fighting.
The RSPCA in Kent is helping what is thought to be the country’s fattest dog to slim down after he came into their care weighing 80kg.
A hedgehog found dead in Kent may have been kicked to death.
The hedgehog was a lactating female who had a broken spine, bruising and shattered back legs.
She was put to sleep to end her suffering by a vet who said that the injuries may have been caused deliberately by kicking.
The incident happened in in Estuary Road in Sheerness on July 21.
A call to the RSPCA said the hedgehog had been handed over by someone who claimed to have seen it being kicked around like a football.
RSPCA Inspector Ray Bailey said: “This hedgehog was in a terrible state. It is horrendous to think that these injuries may have been caused deliberately so we would like to hear from anyone with any information on what happened in Estuary Road.”
The RSPCA has hit out at owners across our region who left their dogs in hot cars over the weekend.
The animal welfare charity was inundated with hundreds of complaints from people who spotted animals suffering as the temperature rocketed to 90 degrees across the south.
Around 70 calls about animals trapped in hot cars in the South East came into the RSPCA's National Control Centre over the weekend.
More than 280 calls were made across the rest of England and Wales and the heatwave claimed a number of lives throughout the country.
A dog died after being left in a car in Bradford while the owners had Sunday lunch at a pub on July 7 and another dog was pulled dead out of a hot car outside their owner's home in Manchester.
– Dermot Murphy, RSPCA Chief Inspector
The death of those dogs was an avoidable tragedy. Leaving a dog in a hot car has the same kind of effect as putting it in a microwave. They are literally cooked alive, in what is a horrendous death.
People just aren't listening. Leaving a window open simply isn't enough, and in-car temperatures rise quickly, even if it's cloudy.
What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory of outbuilding could be their pet - that's how serious it is."
Six people were found guilty of animal cruelty at a rescue centre in Oxfordshire.
In his summary, District Judge Pattinson said: “Crunchy’s was an animal disaster, a sea of mud and faeces containing shocking and dangerous hazards and in short a rescue centre from which animals needed to be rescued.”
– Kirsty Withnall, RSPCA
What we found at Faringdon Road were filthy, disgusting conditions where animals were being kept amongst all sorts of hazardous items without food and water.
We visited as soon as we received complaints about the welfare of the animals and were shocked by what we found. Many of these animals had been entrusted to the care of the defendants by loving owners. Instead of the care promised, the animals were left in dirty, broken down buildings without vet treatment where it was needed or access to basic care."
Six people were today (24 June) found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to 11 animals and failing to meet the needs of 39 animals at Bicester Magistrates’ Court after a case brought by the RSPCA.
The charges related to dates in December 2011 and January 2012, when RSPCA officers visited premises in Faringdon Road, near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. The location, known as ‘Crunchy’s’ had been set up as a boarding establishment where owners boarded their pets and other animals.
Louise Rose Russell, Kirsty Isabell Russell, Robert Charles Edward Russell, Frederick William Russell and Angela Elizabeth Russell all of Faringdon Road, Longworth, near Abingdon; and Abigail Danielle McHugh of Pendennis Road, Freshbrook, Swindon were found guilty of the offences.
More than 2,400 birds were killed in two chemical leaks off the south coast in February and April. The RSPCA say it's one of the worst marine pollution incidents in decades and was caused by boats discharging a substance called polyisobutene, also known as PIB, in the sea.
To date 18 species of birds have been affected, the majority being guillemots and most washed up in Dorset. The death toll exceeds that of the Napoli incident off the coast of Devon in 2007.
Adam Grogan from the RSPCA said: “The dumping at sea of this lethal chemical must be stopped.
We are supposedly a nation of animal lovers - but the latest cruelty figures from the RSPCA are in sharp contrast to that ideal. The charity says more animals than ever before are having to be rescued, and more people are being prosecuted. David Johns reports.
Vince is being pampered after his ordeal, inches from high voltage power cables in Surrey. Engineers put up a long ladder to bring back Vince down to earth. He's been eating and enjoying cat naps since his ordeal.....plus the occasional power nap.
Vince the cat has been rescued after spending 24 hours at the top of a 40-foot pole carrying high voltage power lines at Oxted in Surrey. The cat's owners contacted the RSPCA who managed to rescue two-year-old Vince with the expert help of engineers.
Vince endured heavy rain and hail showers before being carried carefully back to the ground.