The RSPCA in Somerset is looking for homes for 38 patterjack dogs after their former owner was no longer able to care for them. The canines - a cross between a Patterdale terrier and a Jack Russell - range in age from four years old to just six weeks.
Four very young puppies - named Shandy, Brandy, Candy and Andy - are being cared for at RSPCA Brent Knoll. Animal rescuers have also worked alongside St Giles Animal Centre in Somerset who have been able to provide emergency spaces for 21 of the patterjacks in their new kennels.
“They all have their own personalities and lots of love to give. They are delightful dogs who have come into our care through no fault of their own.
“At the moment they are being cared for at a number of centres across the south west where they are being neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before getting ready to find new homes.”
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A 38-year-old woman from Somerset has been banned from keeping dogs for five years after her pet was found underweight and suffering from a painful, untreated skin condition.
The RSPCA was contacted by a concerned member of the public who had seen Cookie covered in raw itchy scabs.
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There is never an excuse for ignoring an animal in need.
Sarah Taylor from Burnham-on-Sea admitted causing unnecessary suffering to springer spaniel Cookie. She was also fined £380.
The RSPCA says Cookie has now been rehomed.
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Two kittens have died after being abandoned in a wet cardboard box near the M5.
Three other kittens survived the ordeal.
A member of the public discovered the animals at the Bridgwater junction.
She notified the RSPCA who collected the kittens.
They say the three surviving kittens are now being hand-reared by the woman who found them.