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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.

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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.

Kent couple found guilty of animal cruelty

A couple from Kent, whose cocker spaniel had tried to eat an umbrella, have been fined and told to do unpaid work after a court heard that they had decided they could not pay the vet bill and would rather watch their dog die .

38 year old Richard Pugsly, and his wife 37 year old Rachel Pugsly, from Greenhithe were both charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the dog and two counts of failing to get vet treatment.

The dog, who is two years old, has successfully been treated and he has now been rehomed.

Magistrates sentenced Mr and Mrs Pugsly to 100 hours of unpaid work . Richard Pugsly was told to pay £1000 costs, his wife was told to pay £60.

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Animal rescue crisis in south-east

For a nation of animal lovers we're doing a pretty bad job. Animal centres across Kent are reporting ever greater numbers of cats, dogs and other pets being dumped, abandoned or mistreated.

The RSPCA says its centres at Canterbury and Leybourne are now at crisis point - so full, they simply can't deal with any more animals. David Johns reports, speaking to Christine Dooley and Adele Collier from the RSPCA in Kent.

To help re-home a cat or any of the other animals, please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 0751 or visit www.rspca.org.uk

Five week old cat found abandoned in a taped box

Animal centres in Kent say they have run out of space to care for abandoned, sick or injured cats. This cat was found abandoned in a taped box when it was just five weeks old.

Becky Blackmore, from the RSPCA said, "our local RSPCA branches never put a cat to sleep if it can be rehomed. However, resources are now so stretched that we need the public to support us to ensure we can continue to provide this service for unwanted, abandoned sick and injured cats in Kent."

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Students give 'Cheeky' a new set of wheels

RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley was horrified when he received a complaint and found 14-year-old Cheeky living with her former owner in Brighton.

But vets at Arthur Lodge in Horsham came to the rescue, with the help of local students, and created a harness on wheels for Cheeky. Now she can get around without putting any weight on her front legs.

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