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Tortured stolen dog safe and well - and back with owners

Chunky with owners (twin sisters) Lisa-Marie Fittall and Bonnie-Lee Fittall Credit: Tom Savvides
Chunky is treated after his ordeal Credit: RSPCA

Chunky, the stolen and tortured dog, is safely back home with his owners!

Four teenagers were disqualified from keeping animals after torturing a stolen dog in a case the RSPCA described as one of the worst they have ever seen.

Three of the teenagers, aged 15 and 16, admitted kicking and punching the chihuahua cross, named Chunky, 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 owners.

The age of the teenagers means that they cannot be identified.

Litter warning after rubber band kills hedgehog

The rubber band was wrapped tightly around the hedgehog's body Credit: RSPCA

A warning has been issued about spreading litter after the death of a hedgehog - caused by a rubber band.

The young hedgehog was found stumbling around in an unusual manner in daylight by a mother and daughter in Basingstoke.

RSPCA inspector Nikki Denham took the sick animal to Hart Wildlife Hospital near Alton, where it was discovered that the hedgehog was being restricted by an elastic band, cutting into the skin under its arms.

The hedgehog was treated at the wildlife hospital for two days before his suffering increased and a vet put the animal to sleep.

Inspector Denham said: “This poor hedgehog was clearly uncomfortable and his wounds from the elastic band had left him not only raw and very sore, but struggling with a nasty infection that had really taken hold of him."

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Pony found abandoned and tethered to chains

Pony found tethered to chains Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information about a piebald horse that was found tethered with chains and abandoned in a field in Grays, Essex. The pony was suffering with a large wound to her neck that was infested with maggots.

The mare was found by RSPCA Inspector Marie Hammerton last Thursday afternoon near Courtney Road, after a member of the public called the charity’s cruelty line.

Inspector Hammerton said:

“This poor pony has a nasty wound on the top of her neck where the tether has been digging in for some time. The tether used was totally inappropriate - a thick metal chain wrapped in what appears to be the inner tube of a push bike.

This has left her with a wound that is approximately five inches by two inches and swarming in maggots, and it’s estimated by vets that this has been festering for around two weeks. She must have been in so much pain.”

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The chain left a wound on the top of the pony's neck Credit: RSPCA

The mare is not microchipped and it appears nobody has been tending to her for some time. She is 12.2hh and is estimated to be around four years old. Inspector Hammerton added:

“I have named the pony Madge after Madonna, and she is a very sweet little girl who just wants love and attention. Fortunately she is now safe and receiving lots of care and treatment for her wounds at a local vets. We expect her to make a full recovery.”

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Madge has now made a full recovery Credit: RSPCA

Anyone with any information regarding this issue can contact Inspector Hammerton on the inspector appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018.

Deer rescued from electric fencing

The deer is freed from the fence Credit: RSPCA

A deer has been rescued after becoming entangled in electric fencing in Sussex.

RSPCA Inspector Alison Edwards was called to a paddock in Framfield on after the buck was spotted trailing fence posts behind him.

Inspector Edwards called for help from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s specialist animal rescue unit, based in Crowborough, who came to the scene to help untangle the large mammal.

She said: “The deer had gone through some electric fencing and got itself tangled up. It was dragging two large fence posts with it. It had gone into the woods and was getting caught.

“I called the fire service for help and they came really quickly. The deer was very lively and it took four of them to help the deer. Afterwards it leapt up and ran off into the woods, none the worse.”

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Ponies discovered 'in horrific state' on Kent road

The animals were discovered in a horrific state Credit: RSPCA

A skewbald male pony, thought to be a yearling, and a four month-old bay foal with white flecks, have been found in Orpington, Kent, in a horrific state.

The pony was so underweight and weak that he had collapsed in the middle of the road. A vet attended and said he was in such a bad state of health that the kindest thing to do was put him to sleep to end his suffering.

The foal was also extremely thin, and had nasty infected leg wounds, thought to be caused by untreated dog bites. He was taken to a vet where they attempted to treat him, but sadly he didn’t respond to treatment and also had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Pulfer said: “The pony was one of the thinnest horses I have ever seen - his bones really sticking out and he could be picked up with my hands he was so light, despite being 12 hands high."

Injured cat survives 130-mile trip inside car engine

Rigby endured the four-hour journey Credit: RSPCA

A black car called Rigby has survived a 130-mile journey inside a car engine. He has a fractured pelvis.

The cat was found curled up in a corner of the engine after the vehicle was placed on a ramp at a garage in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

RSPCA animal collection officer Dennis Lovell was called by the staff and he traced Rigby’s owner to Eastbourne, East Sussex, where it is suspected he was hit by a car five days beforehand.

I was shocked to hear that the car had come all the way from Eastbourne. Poor Rigby must have endured a four-hour journey in that engine - which can’t have been very popular.

“I arrived at the garage and it was tricky to get him out as he was very nervous, but eventually I managed to coax him and was relieved to see him in one piece.”

It was soon clear that Rigby, 11 years old, was in some discomfort so he was taken to Chipping Norton Vets for treatment.

Dennis added: “The vets discovered poor Rigby had a fractured pelvis. We can only assume he had been hit by a car back home in Eastbourne, and scrambled up into the car engine to hide away. It was a twist of fate that the vehicle happened to be a hire car, which was then transported 130 miles away to Oxfordshire!”

As Rigby was microchipped, Dennis was able to contact his owners.

RSPCA appeal after spaniels found dead in ditch

One of the dogs was still alive and twitching Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is asking for the public's help after four newborn puppies were found in a ditch.

The tiny spaniel crosses, thought to be just days old, were found by a passing member of the public in a ditch next to a little lane behind Benyon Primary School on Tyssen Place, South Ockendon on Saturday, 4 October.

Three were dead, but one was described as alive and twitching when found. Sadly by the time an RSPCA inspector arrived they were all dead. The puppies still had their umbilical cords attached.

This was a truly heartbreaking incident. The sight of these little bodies will not leave me for quite a while.

They were soaking wet despite warm dry weather that day, and one possibility is that the puppies were drowned before being placed in the ditch - a horrible way to die.

It seems likely that they had not been there that long by the state of the bodies - and the reports that one was moving, when found.

– RSPCA Inspector Caroline Richardson-Braun
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