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Woman seen throwing kitten out of car

This six month old kitten was thrown out of a car in Holbury Credit: RSPCA

A woman has been seen throwing a kitten out of a car before driving off near Southampton. At about 6:10pm yesterday evening a silver Vauxhall Zafira shaped car with a black roof box was seen by a fellow driver pulling into the entrance of St. Bernard’s Church on Southbourne Avenue in Holbury.

A female then opened the car door and threw the young kitten out of the vehicle before quickly driving off. The terrified six month-old kitten was picked up by the person in the car behind before being taken to a local vet practice.

“Luckily this shocking turn of events had been witnessed by another considerate and quick-thinking driver who turned around and went to immediately find the poor kitten. Although clearly shaken by being abandoned in this manner, the kitten is in good health and should make a good recovery. I find it very bizarre that someone would want to dump their own pet like this - it is so callous and cold. These people have shown no thought for the damage they could have caused, for the kitten’s welfare or for her state of mind. It would have been very distressing for her.”

– Penny Baker, RSPCA Inspector

Anyone with any further information about this incident is being urged to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line immediately on 0300 123 8018.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our Inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).

RSPCA appeal after cats shot with air rifles

Police and the RSPCA are appealing for information following the shooting of two cats in Falcon Square, Eastleigh.

The cats were shot in two separate incidents, one on the evening of Saturday, May 23 and the other between 3am and 7am on Saturday, May 30. It is believed they were shot with an air rifle.

Both cats suffered head injuries and one will lose an eye.


Vet who mistreated her own pets fined by the RSPCA

A vet who mistreated two of her own dogs has been fined hundreds of pounds.

Kerstin Vockert from Sopley in Dorset admitted failling to meet the welfare needs of her cocker spaniel and her shih tzu who were found severely matted.

One was put down by Vockert herself - the other lost an eye and was left blind.

The RSPCA carried out the Prosecution. The 56-year-old continues to practice at the Ark Aid Veterinary Centre on Irving Road in Bournemouth.

From there, Richard Slee sent us this.

Cat shot with pellet gun

Lola is having surgery after being shot with a pellet gun Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot with a pellet gun in Horsham.

Lola, a two-year-old, long-haired silver tortoiseshell returned to her home in Gorringes Brook with injury to her front right leg on Monday morning.

She was taken straight to a vet who found a new pellet in the elbow, and an old one in her left shoulder. She is currently having surgery on her elbow, which was shot off by the pellet, and had to be completely rebuilt.

Lola is having surgery after being shot with a pellet gun Credit: RSPCA

"Poor Lola would have been in an immense amount of pain from this horrible and completely attack. Unfortunately this kind of thing more common than we would like - cats, like wildlife, are more vulnerable to such attacks simply because they are out there in the open, unprotected. The injuries which result can be horrific - and often fatal. Lola was actually one of the lucky ones. We urge anyone with any information about this incident to call us on 0300 123 8018."

– RSPCA inspector Jodie Gregg

Appeal after cat found dumped in cardboard box

Chester was discovered on Sunday afternoon Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was dumped in a closed cardboard box on the side of a street in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.

The tabby and white male cat, now named Chester, was discovered on Gensing Road on Sunday afternoon. He was discovered at about 3.30pm inside a box with blue tissue. He was rescued by a passer-by and the RSPCA was called.

"Chester seems to be doing well now in RSPCA care. He had blood in his urine, but the vet says this could be down to stress. This wouldn't surprise me as it must have been so terrifying to be dumped by the side of the road like this. He is such a lovely boy and I can't imagine why anyone could want to dump him like this - he must have been so scared. If anyone has any information at all we would love to hear from them on 0300 123 8018."

– RSPCA inspector Zoe Ballard

RSPCA pushes for ban on ‘killer’ sky lanterns

The RSPCA are urging people to not use chinese lanterns as they are responsible for the deaths of many forms of wildlife.

The lanterns, which are regularly used on New Year's Eve, can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death.

A dead adult barn owl entangled in chinese lantern Credit: Simon Pain, Billow Farm

Sadly, many people are unaware of the potentially deadly consequences the release of sky lanterns can have for wildlife and other animals.

Their sale has already been banned in countries such as Austria, Germany, and Malta and we would like to see local authorities up and down the country ban their use so this needless suffering can end.

Sky lanterns - along with fireworks and balloons - may seem like innocent ways to celebrate the New Year, but if used carelessly they can terrify, injure and kill all animals - wildlife, livestock and pets."

– David Bowles, director of communications for the RSPCA


One-eyed kitten ready for new home

Munchkin has one eye Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA in Buckinghamshire is searching for a new home for a one-eyes kitten called Munchkin.

Munchkin came to the RSPCA in July 2014 as one of four three-week-old kittens. Their mum, Lucy, also came into the care of the charity, but one of her kittens sadly died before the RSPCA was contacted.

Munchkin, now five months old, was smaller than his two sisters and always wanted feeding. All of the cats had fleas and Munchkin was also missing a left eye.

The RSPCA said: "Munchkin’s surgery was carried on on 16 October. It was highly risky but the plucky kitten got stronger afterwards and put on weight. His recovery continued and we are now looking for a new home for him."

Abandoned dog described as looking like 'bag of bones'

The RSPCA have appealed for the owners of an abandoned whippet to come forward after it was found abandoned looking severely underweight with painful sores all over its body.

Bramble the three-year-old dog was discovered by a member of public in Abbotsbury, Dorset, on Saturday.

Bramble the three-year-old whippet. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Insp John Pollock said:

Poor Bramble is so thin, she is just skin and bones and has sores all over her body.

This poor girl needs plenty of tender loving care as she is so thin and the sores are deep and infected. It was desperately sad to see.

We do not know how long she has been like this and was picked up as a stray. She is in a bad way and we would like to be able to track down her owner.

– John Pollock

Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

RSPCA appeal after cat shot in paw

Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot in the paw in Hastings.

Loki, a young male tabby, not even a year old, was found bleeding at his home in Mare Bay Close, St Leonards on Sea.

X-rays revealed he had been shot in the leg by an air rifle. It is believed he was wandering in the woods near his house when he was attacked. Despite initial fears that he may not survive the attack, Loki is now on the road to recovery.

Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

“What really scares us though is letting him out again, knowing that there is someone out there who shot him and might do this again.”

– Callum Mair, Loki's owner

“We urge anyone with any information about this callous act to come forward and let us know - it was such a pointlessly cruel thing to do.

Every year the RSPCA is bombarded with calls reporting animals being deliberately shot by an air gun. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal."

– Ali Edwards, RSPCA Inspector

Couple hanged dog to avoid vet bills

Couple hanged their dog to avoid vet bills Credit: RSPCA

A couple who hanged a dog because they did not want to pay to have it put down have been spared jail.

Veronica Reid, 42, and Jon Allen, 27, hatched a plan with friend Paul Brown, 52, to kill the collie dog, called Shandy.

Salisbury Magistrates' Court heard how Allen and Brown had gone to a veterinary practice in Trowbridge, Wiltshire on January 17 this year to inquire about having the dog put down because it was too aggressive.

They were told the animal would have to be assessed and the procedure would cost more than £100.

Matthew Knight, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the vet noted the pair seemed concerned about the cost.

The next day the three defendants hanged the dog from a loft hatch at Reid's home in Trowbridge.

The dog's body was buried in Reid's garden. The RSPCA began investigating in March

All three defendants had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Brown, of Okehampton Road, Exeter, Devon failed to attend court today for sentencing and magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.

Reid and Allen, both of Woolpack Meadows, Trowbridge did attend and their solicitors both told the court how they had suffered "vilification" in the local community.

Nick Redhead, for Reid, said: "She is in no doubt as to the gravity of the position she finds herself in today.

"She has suffered a degree of vilification in her community has a consequence."

Sylvia Aitken-Sykes, chair of the bench, sentenced Reid to 18 weeks' imprisonment and Allen 23 weeks' custody - both suspended for 18 months.

She told Reid: "This was a particularly nasty and revolting act."

Reid was also placed on a tagged curfew, from 9pm to 7am, for six months while Allen was given 300 hours of unpaid work.

Both were banned from keeping animals for 10 years and ordered to pay £100 towards prosecution costs of £2,845.50 and the £80 victim surcharge.

Inspector Miranda Albinson, of the RSPCA, said she was disappointed with the sentences.

"We were hoping for a lifetime ban on keeping animals but we also respect the court's decision in explaining the reasoning for the sentences," she said.

"Hanging a dog is a horrific thing to do. Why would you even think it was a suitable way to euthanise an animal?

"There are other options, such as help from charities or payment plans from vets which could have been discussed the next day."

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