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Foster February – RSPCA equine centre searches for temporary homes for ponies

Horse-owners are invited to give something back this February and consider fostering a horse or pony. If you have the skills to handle a youngster, provide essential care for a mare and foal, or have experience of bringing on underweight horses, you can put your knowledge to good use and give something back. With over 500 horses in its care and more being rescued each week, the RSPCA remains stretched for places for horses. The charity relies on a number of foster carers to provide experienced temporary homes, and this…

It’s been another busy year for our inspectors! Here are some top animal rescues from 2015

  Rescue stories Between January 1 2015 and November 30 2015, the National 24-hour cruelty line received 1,055,825 calls from the public. Some of those callers were given advice or put in touch with alternative agencies, while other reports were investigated by inspectors as possible neglect or cruelty cases, and others led to dramatic animal rescues. Here are some of the most heartbreaking, heartwarming and dramatic rescues of the year: Rescued from a recliner Lhasa Apso ‘Cagney’ found herself in a tight spot when she got wedged in a reclining…

RSPCA flood rescue teams save animals and people during storm

08.12.15 Four flood rescue teams of RSPCA specially trained officers have been out rescuing animals and people during Storm Desmond. Cats, dogs, rabbits and even chickens have all been rescued, mainly from residential properties across the north of England, where their owners were forced to evacuate the rising flood waters.As well as helping animals, our flood teams have also been assisting other emergency services and have so far rescued 36 people. Among those was a semi-conscious elderly man who had to be stretchered out of a nursing home in Carlisle…

Puppies not as precious as scrap metal under English law, claims RSPCA

RSPCA launches #ScrapThePuppyTrade campaign to bring in laws to protect puppies from callous and cruel puppy dealers Press release: 12 October 2015 Puppies are being treated worse than scrap metal, according to the RSPCA which today launched a petition calling on the UK Government to clamp down on people selling sick dogs in England. Due to its low cost, low risk and high yield appeal, puppy dealing is an attractive option for people willing to make money at the expense of puppies’ health and welfare and the heartache of families…

RSPCA fights firework fear for our four-legged friends

RSPCA receives hundreds of calls relating to fireworks every year Press release: Thursday 15 October 2015 The RSPCA is issuing advice for pet owners in the run up to another busy bonfire night season. Last year the RSPCA received 364 calls relating to fireworks in October and November – more than in both 2013 (310) and 2012 (326). Research shows that up to 45 per cent of dogs may be fearful of fireworks* so to help combat the problem the RSPCA has come up with some advice to help pet…

Hedgehog family burnt in bonfire

Please remember to check carefully before lighting fires this autumn We’re warning people to be careful lighting fires this autumn after a hedgehog and her three babies were caught in the flames of a bonfire. The mother hog and her three youngsters were taken to our East Winch Wildlife Centre near King’s Lynn, Norfolk on Sunday evening (4 October) after being discovered in a fire in a back garden in Norfolk. Manager at the centre Alison Charles said: “All four had burnt skin or spines and were suffering from smoke…

Monkey trouble: Plight of primates behind closed doors

The suffering of monkeys across the UK is highlighted as animal health and welfare groups launch campaign to end the keeping of primates as pets Press release: Thursday 24 September 2015 Cooped up in cages, fed fast food and sugary drinks, deprived of friends, living in dirt and suffering from disease. These shocking images show some of the appalling conditions primates are being kept in behind closed doors across Britain. Animal health and welfare groups are finding that the number of calls with concerns about pet primates are on the…

Dogfighter jailed after admitting training animals for brutal bouts

Press Release Tuesday 24 February 2015 John Psaila thought to be a major figure in British dogfighting A man thought to be a major figure in British dogfighting has been jailed for 121 days and banned from keeping animals for life after an RSPCA investigation uncovered a dogfighting training school at his house. Officers from the RSPCA’s special operations unit tracked John Psaila down to two houses in the Greater Manchester area where he kept and trained several pit bull terrier type dogs to fight in organised bouts. The 49-year-old,…

RSPCA looking for owner of two Shetland ponies found in Hebburn – One pony was dead and another underweight

The RSPCA is appealing for information to find the owner of two Shetland ponies. One pony was found dead and another was underweight and suffering. The RSPCA attended South Drive in Hebburn on Friday 21 November. The surviving pony was seized by police on veterinary advice and placed in RSPCA care. RSPCA inspector Catherine Richardson said: “Unfortunately we haven’t been able to find the owner of these ponies so far, and are appealing to the public today to contact us with any information they have. “One of these ponies was…

Appeal after dog brutally killed at 18th birthday party on Halloween

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was brutally killed at an 18th birthday party at his owner’s house in Lemington, Newcastle on Halloween. Much-loved Yorkshire terrier-cross ‘Herbie’ was discovered in the back garden of the property on Waverley Crescent at around 8pm on Friday 31 October. RSPCA inspector Jaqui Miller said: “I have never seen such a brutal attack on a dog in my whole 10 year career. “Herbie’s muzzle was shattered in numerous places. It would seem that the right side of his lower jaw has…