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).


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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…


Were looking for action-loving supporters to join in with our tough 24-hour Lake District challenge on 12 September 2014.

The 24-hour challenge reflects the 24-hour nature of the work undertaken by our officers and involves hiking, cycling and canoeing.

On your 24-hour journey you’ll experience the beautiful sights of the Lake District by sunset and sunrise.

Are you up to the 24-hour challenge?

This new challenge is designed to test your fitness, endurance, determination and teamwork.

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The RSPCA says the main issues at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair* were dogs being left in hot cars and the over-working of horses, despite warnings ahead of the annual gypsy and traveller event.


The fair started on Thursday (6 June) and is winding down to its official end tomorrow (Thursday 11 June).


Four collie-type dogs were removed from the back of a pick-up truck on Friday afternoon (7 June). They were checked over by a vet and … Continue reading…