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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.

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

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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.

Cheeky the dog moves around on wheels

Cheeky rolls along in her new harness Credit: RSPCA

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.

Was hedgehog kicked to death?

A hedgehog found dead in Kent may have been kicked to death.

The hedgehog was a lactating female who had a broken spine, bruising and shattered back legs.

She was put to sleep to end her suffering by a vet who said that the injuries may have been caused deliberately by kicking.

The incident happened in in Estuary Road in Sheerness on July 21.

A call to the RSPCA said the hedgehog had been handed over by someone who claimed to have seen it being kicked around like a football.

RSPCA Inspector Ray Bailey said: “This hedgehog was in a terrible state. It is horrendous to think that these injuries may have been caused deliberately so we would like to hear from anyone with any information on what happened in Estuary Road.”

Heatwave kills dogs in hot cars

The RSPCA has hit out at owners across our region who left their dogs in hot cars over the weekend.

The animal welfare charity was inundated with hundreds of complaints from people who spotted animals suffering as the temperature rocketed to 90 degrees across the south.

Around 70 calls about animals trapped in hot cars in the South East came into the RSPCA's National Control Centre over the weekend.

More than 280 calls were made across the rest of England and Wales and the heatwave claimed a number of lives throughout the country.

A dog died after being left in a car in Bradford while the owners had Sunday lunch at a pub on July 7 and another dog was pulled dead out of a hot car outside their owner's home in Manchester.

The death of those dogs was an avoidable tragedy. Leaving a dog in a hot car has the same kind of effect as putting it in a microwave. They are literally cooked alive, in what is a horrendous death.

People just aren't listening. Leaving a window open simply isn't enough, and in-car temperatures rise quickly, even if it's cloudy.

What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory of outbuilding could be their pet - that's how serious it is."

– Dermot Murphy, RSPCA Chief Inspector
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