The death of two horses in a crash on the ‘flashing lane’ at Appleby Horse Fair* on Friday (5 June) has ‘overshadowed’ what was otherwise a good event for animal welfare.

 

The RSPCA appealed for information after the incident which happened on Long Marton Road, traditionally used for driving and riding horses at high speed to be shown off to potential buyers.

 

One horse died and a second horse had to be put to sleep by a vet … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses after a crash on the ‘flashing lane’ at Appleby Horse Fair this afternoon (Friday 5 June), where horses are ridden and driven at high speed to show them off to potential buyers.

One horse died at the scene and another horse had to be put to sleep by a vet from Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “We believe one horse was pulling a sulky whilst the other is thought to … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is urging people not to bring dogs to Appleby Horse Fair*, which starts tomorrow (Thursday 4-Monday 8 June) in the Cumbrian town of Appleby-in-Westmorland.

 

RSPCA animal welfare officers say they spent more time dealing with dogs in hot cars last year than incidents involving horses.

 

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “We’re being loud and clear on this subject – don’t bring dogs to Appleby Horse Fair.

 

“Last year four collie-type dogs were removed from … Continue reading…

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…

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…