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Appeal after dog found with bite marks in Reading

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found injured in Reading.

A member of the public found the animal on Sunday in the Burghfield area.

He had bite marks all over his face and a bad leg injury which it's believed were caused by badger baiting or some sort of illegal hunting activity.

The dog is now back with his previous owners receiving treatment.

"This poor dog was found in Reading in a horrendous state, with a de-gloved lower jaw - meaning the skin had been ripped from his muzzle. He also had leg wounds and many old scars on his face."

"Veterinary inspection confirmed the dog's awful injuries were consistent with illegal activity, potentially hunting or badger baiting."

"Microchip details traced the dog back to previous owners in South Wales - who were horrified to hear of how the dog had been found, and the fears of the vet. They have brought the poor thing back to Treharris."

"Anyone with information about how this dog was found in the Burghfield area of Reading with horrific injuries on 29 October is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence."

– RSPCA inspector, Sophie Daniels


Woman regains use of hands after caring for rabbits

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A woman who rescued two rabbits says they "gave her her life back" after she regained the use of her paralysed hands after caring for them.

Marley-Belle Quaid from Guildford rehomed Woodstock and Wilfred who were rescued by the RSPCA.

Marley-Belle was confined to a wheelchair and unable to move her hands after a series of painful operations but had movement back in her wrists after six months.

Despite attempting physiotherapy, nothing had worked for the 32 year old.

The rabbits now have their own bedroom and a room filled with play furniture, such as hides, tunnels to simulate warrens, jumps and a hay pit, to keep them stimulated and happy.

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"The first time I saw them I knew I would do whatever it took to have them in my life. They had been found dumped in woods by a woman running a race, who found them matted and neglected. One of them, Woodstock, was tangled in a bramble bush."

"The pair were rescued by the RSPCA but spent a year in foster care because no-one wanted the hard work it takes to keep them groomed and tidy. Although I had help day-to-day, I didn't know how I was going to manage doing it myself when no-one was there because of my wrists but I wanted to make it work."

"Within six months, I had full, malleable wrists, I was grooming Wilfred and Woodstock by myself on my own lap and I could use scissors again. My surgeon was quite astounded I had the use that I had with my wrists again. These bunnies were a massive part of my recovery."

"Before I had to use my wheelchair all the time, because I couldn't use my hands to grip my crutches. That meant there were shops I couldn't go into or places I couldn't get to because I needed my crutches."

"Woodstock and Wilfred have given me so much more than love, they've given me independence and freedom."

– Marley-Belle Quaid, Owner

"Marley's story is a moving example of the power of pets to really change lives. When Marley adopted Wilfred and Woodstock she gave them the chance of a loving home and a happy future but these amazing rabbits have also given Marley her own life back. We know that the wonderful people who adopt rescue animals change the lives of those animals but pets have a real impact on our own health and wellbeing too, which is why the bond between owner and pet is so special."

– Dr Jane Tyson, RSPCA rabbit behaviour and welfare expert

Couple find kittens dumped in box with message ‘Pls find us a good home’

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Six tiny kittens have been found, abandoned and dumped in a cardboard box in a Kent car park over the weekend.

A couple had been walking their dog at Ranscombe Farm Nature Reserve, in Cuxton, on Sunday morning when they spotted a box with ‘Pls find us a good home’ written on the side. Inside they found six tiny kittens.

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They took the animals to RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre, in West Malling, where a vet checked them over. The kittens were found to be covered in fleas, but otherwise in good health.

The six-week-old tabby and white kittens - now named Arnold, Brittney, Charlie, Justin, Orlando and Sylvester, after film and music stars - are now being cared for in a foster home.

They’re only young so we’ve got them into special foster homes which should help their development.

Then, if they’re not claimed, we can start looking for new homes for all of them which I’m sure won’t be difficult.

– Jane Pook, RSPCA

Mystery surrounds deaths of several cats

Police are warning pet owners in Tonbridge, Kent, to be vigilant following a number of deaths of cats in the area.

At least four cats are reported to have died since 11 March, 2017 after appearing to have ingested a toxic substance. The cats were all from homes in the Lambs Bank area.

Owners are reminded not leave open containers of any hazardous or chemicals substances by their properties.

Sergeant Jo Mott said: "There is no evidence at this stage to suggest that these cats may have been deliberately poisoned. However, we would urge owners to be vigilant about what their animals are drinking."

The RSPCA has also been notified of the issue and confirmed there had also been anecdotal reports of several other cats dying in the same area over recent months.

We do not know for sure what is causing these deaths but it is concerning that there have been so many in such a short space of time. It seems likely that these deaths were caused by some kind of poisoning but we do not know from what, or whether it was deliberate or accidental.

In the meantime we would ask everyone in the area to check where they keep their pesticides and chemicals including antifreeze and make sure it is secure and out of the way of cats.

People should check their car radiators for leaks, too. Signs of poisoning can be seen anything from 30 minutes after a cat has ingested the chemical and can include one, or several of the following: vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures, and difficulty breathing.

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