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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.

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Kent over-run with unwanted cats

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Cats such as this one are being left on the street by their owners Credit: PA Wire

The RSPCA in Kent is becoming over-run with abandoned cats.

A rapidly moving rental market means cats are being left behind as the owners move on to another property.

The animal shelter in Kent is full to capacity with more than 350 unwanted cats waiting for homes.

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Cheeky the dog moves around on wheels

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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.”

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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

Pictures: animals rescued from centre

Six people were found guilty of animal cruelty at a rescue centre in Oxfordshire.

In his summary, District Judge Pattinson said: “Crunchy’s was an animal disaster, a sea of mud and faeces containing shocking and dangerous hazards and in short a rescue centre from which animals needed to be rescued.”

Dog rescued from Cruchy's Credit: RSPCA
The dogs received care after being taken from the centre Credit: RSPCA
Animals were kept in 'filthy' conditions Credit: RSPCA

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.

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