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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


Cat put to sleep after being shot in the head in Surrey

The RSPCA are appealing for information after a cat was shot in the head in Surrey.

A member of the public found the cat staggering around The Greenway in Epsom, with blood coming out from its ear last Thursday.

The tabby and white male cat was taken to the vets, where it was sadly decided to put the cat to sleep as the damage was too severe.

The cat was also not micro chipped, therefore the owners have not been contacted to let them know what has happened.

RSPCA inspector Maxine Jones said, "This poor cat had clearly been targeted in this callous attack. He would have suffered a great deal and sadly could not be saved.

"Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999."

MPs call for animal "shock collar" ban

Campaigners for animal rights in the south east are tonight backing calls to ban electric shock collars, used to train dogs and even cats. The devices, which are freely on sale, are said to cause pain, fear and distress to the animals instead of rewarding them for good behaviour.

But the people who make, sell and use the collars say they're a valuable training aid that can help to control dogs when they're distracted or at a distance from the owner.

David Johns has been looking at the pros and cons, speaking to the RSPCA's Sam Gaines, and's Charlie Jacoby.


Queenie rescued from flooded pavilion at Windsor

A wild rabbit that became stranded on a flooded sports pavilion in Windsor has been rescued by two members of the RSPCA's water response unit.

The rabbit, nicknamed 'Queenie' was swept up in a long handled net and carried back to safety in a pet carrier.

RSPCA rescuers wade out to 'Queenie' the rabbit Credit: RSPCA

Queenie has since been released in a nearby park. The rabbit is one of seventy animals rescued from the recent flooding by RSPCA officers.

Queenie after her rescue adventure Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Inspector Jo Bowling said:

“The water had come right up to the concrete base of the pavilion cutting the rabbit off from the grass.

A rabbit sized hole has been gnawed into the door of the sports pavilion so it’s possible there is another rabbit hiding inside.

"We’ve left lots of hay so it’s got plenty to eat until the floodwater subsides. Given our charity’s association with the Royal Household it was lovely to help an animal just a stone’s throw from Windsor Castle.

"Although we cannot be 100 per cent sure Queenie was a girl she had a very regal air about her so we thought the name was fitting. There was a flag up at Windsor Castle so who knows, the Queen may have been watching.”

VIDEO: Horses rescued from flooded fields in Dorset

A herd of horses have been rescued from flood waters at Christchurch in Dorset. The animals were stranded in a flooded field, next to the fast flowing River Avon. Officers from the RSPCA eventually managed to lead them to safety, in an operation which took several hours to complete.

Officers said the complex operation near Stoney Lane in Christchurch took place in dangerous conditions. It took several hours because the animals, being wild, were uncooperative, but they were all eventually led to safety. The horses have been moved to a dry area with food and water.

Reports of animal attacks up

The RSPCA is reporting increased attacks on animals and staff.

The charity says some of the animals it rescues have suffered injuries from weapons such as metal bars, knifes, and crossbows.

Air rifle attacks on cats are up by 40%. The charity says weapons are also increasingly being turned on RSPCA inspectors. Three out of four inspectors suffer some sort of abuse every year. Today the chairty launched a new appeal called Everyday Heros.

We spoke to Caroline Doe and Sally Jones from the RSPCA.

Couple fined for not getting treatment for dog that ate an umbrella

Paddy has now been re-homed. Credit: RSPCA
The umbrella 2 year old Paddy had eaten. Credit: RSPCA

A couple from Kent have been fined and told to do unpaid work after failing to get treatment from a vet after their cocker spaniel ate an umbrella. The dog, Paddy has since been treated and is now on the road to recovery.

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