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RSPCA reports cruelty rise

The RSPCA has released a report showing a rise in the number of convictions for animal cruelty over the last two years.


Cockfighting duo prosecuted

A father and son given suspended jail sentences & banned from keeping birds for life, after discovery of 500 cockerels bred for fighting.

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Animals didn't have "access to basic care"

What we found at Faringdon Road were filthy, disgusting conditions where animals were being kept amongst all sorts of hazardous items without food and water.

We visited as soon as we received complaints about the welfare of the animals and were shocked by what we found. Many of these animals had been entrusted to the care of the defendants by loving owners. Instead of the care promised, the animals were left in dirty, broken down buildings without vet treatment where it was needed or access to basic care."

– Kirsty Withnall, RSPCA

Six people found guilty of animal cruelty

Six people were today (24 June) found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to 11 animals and failing to meet the needs of 39 animals at Bicester Magistrates’ Court after a case brought by the RSPCA.

The charges related to dates in December 2011 and January 2012, when RSPCA officers visited premises in Faringdon Road, near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. The location, known as ‘Crunchy’s’ had been set up as a boarding establishment where owners boarded their pets and other animals.

Louise Rose Russell, Kirsty Isabell Russell, Robert Charles Edward Russell, Frederick William Russell and Angela Elizabeth Russell all of Faringdon Road, Longworth, near Abingdon; and Abigail Danielle McHugh of Pendennis Road, Freshbrook, Swindon were found guilty of the offences.


2,400 birds killed in "worst pollution incidents in decades"

More than 2,400 birds were killed in two chemical leaks off the south coast in February and April. The RSPCA say it's one of the worst marine pollution incidents in decades and was caused by boats discharging a substance called polyisobutene, also known as PIB, in the sea.

To date 18 species of birds have been affected, the majority being guillemots and most washed up in Dorset. The death toll exceeds that of the Napoli incident off the coast of Devon in 2007.

Adam Grogan from the RSPCA said: “The dumping at sea of this lethal chemical must be stopped.


Vince rescued after 24-hour ordeal on power cables

Vince, perched precariously at the top of the pole Credit: RSPCA

Vince the cat has been rescued after spending 24 hours at the top of a 40-foot pole carrying high voltage power lines at Oxted in Surrey. The cat's owners contacted the RSPCA who managed to rescue two-year-old Vince with the expert help of engineers.

Power workers rescued Vince Credit: RSPCA

Vince endured heavy rain and hail showers before being carried carefully back to the ground.

Birds die in oil spill

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.

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.

– Richard Thompson, RSPCA

Who dumped puppy in middle of a road?

The injured dog was found by a member of the public Credit: RSPCA

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.

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