Three RSPCA officers from the north of England have been recognised for their dedication to animal welfare at a prestigious awards ceremony.


Inspectors Jennie Ronksley and Inspector Will Lamping have both been given the Anderson-Plumbe Award by RSPCA Council.


The inspectors are two of the three who have been rewarded for showing special merit and intelligence in carrying out their duties.


They received their prizes at the RSPCA Honours ceremony at The Law Society, in London, on … Continue reading…

A man from Barrow in Furness has been jailed for 12 weeks and banned from keeping animals for 10 years after baiting dogs to attack a sheep, in a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA. The attack was filmed on a mobile phone.


Dean Quirk (D.O.B 17.10.88) of Sikemeadow appeared at Barrow Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 6 May) for sentencing.


He was due to stand trial last week but pleaded guilty to two allegations under the Animal … Continue reading…

The RSPCA’s annual figures for 2014 show that cruelty complaints investigated by the charity in England and Wales have gone up*.


The RSPCA investigated 159,831 complaints in 2014 compared to 153,770 in 2013. The number of complaints investigated in West Yorkshire (8,440) was second only to Greater London (12,202), with Greater Manchester (8,069) having the third highest number. Lancashire also made the top ten, in sixth (5,252), and South Yorkshire, in seventh (5,158).


A shocking 20,258 of … Continue reading…

A man from Cumbria who was captured on CCTV ‘relentlessly pursuing, punching, kicking and picking up by the throat and throwing’ his dog has been sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for 18 months.


David Nellist (D.O.B 17.02.77) of Latrigg Close, Keswick was also banned from keeping animals for five years, ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £1,580 at Workington Magistrates’ Court last week (Tuesday 7 April).


He admitted causing unnecessary … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is investigating after two snakes were found dumped outside in a vivarium in Barrow in Furness.


The corn snakes, which are non-venomous constrictors, were found at around 10.30am on Wednesday (14 January) in a gated back street behind Paradise Street, with the rubbish bins.


RSPCA inspector Will Lamping said: “It was very cold and it’s unlikely they would have survived very long had they not been found.


“Snakes can’t regulate their own body temperatures and … Continue reading…