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New lease of life for Mavis the poodle after horrific ordeal

Her name is Mavis - and she's a big softie! But she wasn't always like that.

The RSPCA handled one of their worst ever cases of animal cruelty - nine dogs dumped in Winchester, in Hampshire, just over a year ago. They were left in a filthy, unloved state.

For the last 12 months the brothers and sisters - and their mother - have been recovering under the care of the charity. And, you'll be pleased to know, they've been re-homed.

Mavis was one of the nine left abandoned - but she now has a new home in Odiham. Divya Kohli reports.


Appeal to find man caught on CCTV abusing dog

The RSPCA wants to trace this man seen abusing a dog in Poole Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for help to find a man seen abusing a dog outside a supermarket in Poole in Dorset.

A member of the public contacted the charity after they saw the man aggressively handling and then hitting the medium-size black and tan coloured dog outside doors to the Asda store in Culliford Crescent, Canford Heath on Monday 29 February.

“This footage is shocking to see and I am very keen to find this person and indeed the dog, to check on their welfare.

“Treating any animal this way is totally unacceptable. Anyone with any information is urged to leave a message for me in complete confidence on our inspectors’ appeal line on 0300 123 8018."

– Inspector Hammond
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Fox shot through the face with a crossbow

Animal welfare experts have described the person who shot a fox through the face with a crossbow as barbaric. A bolt had to be removed from the animal's neck and cheek. The fox, named Cedar, is being treated at a sanctuary in Tunbridge Wells. Tom Savvides talks to RSPCA Inspector Ellen Thomas and Terry Woods from the Fox Project.

Nearly half a million people sign Chunky petition

It was one of the worst ever cases of animal abuse investigated by the RSPCA Credit: RSPCA

More than 450,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the government sets up an animal cruelty register after the treatment of Chunky.

He was attacked for hours in what the RSPCA called one of the most disturbing cases of animal abuse they had ever seen.

Kent Online reports that organiser Maxine Berry is hoping to hand over the 11 pages of signatures and 96,000 comments to Thanet North and animal rights campaigner MP Sir Roger Gale, to pass on to ministers.

“Chunky was, over a period of hours, beaten and drugged, his neck was broken, he was set on fire and finally he was dumped and left for dead."

Chunky recovered after his ordeal and has been returned to his owner Credit: RSPCA

Three teenagers, aged 15 and 16, admitted kicking and punching the chihuahua cross before breaking his leg and neck.

They then set him on fire, fed him drugs and dumped him in a rubbish tip in Margate.

Despite his ordeal the dog survived and has now been returned to his owner.

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