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.
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.
The RSPCA will find out today whether they have got permission for a full judicial review into live animal exports from Ramsgate in Kent.
It comes after more than 40 sheep had to put down at the port last September.
The animal charity wants to see tighter controls on the trade.
The very real possibility that live animal exports could resume from the Port of Dover has brought protests from animal rights supporters - and fury from the RSPCA.
This afternoon, berthing trials took place in the Eastern Docks in preparation for what many farmers hope will be a renewal of the trade between Britain and continental Europe. Tom Savvides reports.
Protesters have gathered at Dover in Kent, as the French ship 'Joline' arrives for berthing trials. The vessel's crew are testing the feasibility of returning the live animal exports trade to the port.
The ship 'Joline' has arrived at the Port of Dover to take part in berthing trials amid plans to return animal exports to the town.
Campaigners against animal exports are due to gather at Dover docks to protest against the trade. The ship, the Joline, is expected to arrive there to take part in berthing trials ahead of plans to resume animal exports from Dover.
There was earlier controversy when the ship was involved in animal exports to the continent from Ramsgate.
Thanet Council is being sued by live animal exporters for loss of earnings during last year's ban on using Ramsgate port.
The ban was put in place after more than 40 sheep had to be put down. But the suspension was overturned following a High Court ruling which sparked a series of protests.
The case is due to be heard in another division of the High Court with three Dutch companies pursuing claims against the Council.
It's three weeks since hundreds of dead and dying seabirds were washed up along the South Coast. They were covered in a waxy substance which made it impossible for them to fly or feed properly. Now they've been released back into the wild, as Malcolm Shaw reports.