An RSPCA survey has revealed that 75% of dog-owners chat with their pet while out walking – and one in six SING to them.

Just over 90% of pet owners polled by the RSPCA* didn’t like to walk in silence while exercising their pooch. While 75% like to talk, 16% go one step further and serenade their dog.

The survey also showed that:

  • 9% of dog-owners only talk to their pooch to say “come on!” while 1% don’t talk at

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pony with a severe injury to her leg was abandoned in a field.

A member of the public reported the pony to the RSPCA after spotting her in an open ploughed field in Whitehouse Lane, in Codsall, South Staffordshire, on Friday, 18 August.

RSPCA inspector Jackie Hickman went to the field and immediately called a vet. Inspector Hickman said: “The poor pony had a large puncture wound to her back left leg, … Continue reading…

Now that’s the pits! A hedgehog had a smelly encounter – and a lucky escape – after he became trapped in a slurry pit at a farm in Caernarfon.

RSPCA Cymru animal collection officer (ACO) William Galvin attended the farm in Saron on Tuesday (5 September), where the poor creature had managed to get wedged in the pit and was unable to escape.

ACO Galvin said: “It’s unclear how this hedgehog managed to get into this fix! Perhaps he was … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for the owner of a stray raccoon dog to come forward after the animal appeared in a school playground as the morning bell rang.

The animal, a native of Asia which is also known as a tanuki, surprised schoolchildren and staff at Woodhouse Primary Academy in Quinton, Birmingham, this morning  (Thursday).

It was reported to the RSPCA, who rescued the animal. The raccoon dog is now at the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Hospital while arrangements are being … Continue reading…

The RSPCA in Derby has launched a fundraising appeal for a kitten who has come into its care with severely protruding eyes thought to be a result of a serious head injury.

Twelve-week-old Rupert came into the RSPCA’s care after being found straying in the street. Both his eyes are protruding from their sockets – a medical condition frequently associated with severe head trauma.

After being examined by a vet, it has been determined that his eyes will need to … Continue reading…