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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.

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