A rescue cat is now performing rescues of her own - by raising the alarm when her young owner's blood sugar levels dip to dangerous levels.
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.
– 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.
RSPCA inspectors have collected several birds caught in an oil spillage on the north Kent coast. The birds were found covered in thick, black sticky fuel oil. They include eight red throated divers, two of which had to be put to sleep to end their suffering, two guillemots and a dunlin which died.
All came from the Ramsgate harbour area except for one of the divers which was picked up in Rye harbour. They are being cared for by the RSPCA Mallydams Wildlife centre in Hastings.
RSPCA wildlife supervisor Richard Thompson said: “Birds like these, that are used to spending all their lives on the water, are difficult for us to manage but we have the expertise and will do our best for them.
– Richard Thompson, RSPCA
The oil we are dealing with is very caustic and the two we have had to put to sleep had ingested a lot of it.
The RSPCA says it's disappointed after the High Court backed an earlier decision not to allow a judicial review into live animal exports from Ramsgate. It comes after more than 40 sheep had to put down at the port last September. The animal charity has vowed to keep fighting to end the trade.
The RSPCA is trying to find out who dumped an injured puppy in the middle of a road in West Sussex. The Staffordshire Bull terrier cross was discovered late on Tuesday afternoon in Robinhood Lane, Warnham, near Horsham
She had been badly bitten by another dog. The RSPCA says the dog had worn-down claws,. which means she may have been trying to get out of a confined space. Her ears are bald and flaky and her tail has been docked.