A man and a woman have been banned from keeping animals for three years, after four cats were found living in squalor at a house in Clifton, Nottingham.

Tony Peck (DOB 18/5/76) and Helen Peck (DOB 7/4/66), both of Southchurch Drive, Clifton, were sentenced on Friday (11 May) after pleading guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences – one of causing unnecessary suffering to the four cats by failing to treat flea infestation, and two of failing to meet the … Continue reading…

An RSPCA wildlife centre is preparing for its annual baby bird boom, with the arrival of six orphaned tawny owlets in the last week.

Every year around May time, Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire, sees an increase in the number of baby birds admitted after being found orphaned or out of their nest.

However, often the baby birds are brought in by well-meaning members of the public who believe the bird genuinely needs help – when they could … Continue reading…

The RSPCA and World Horse Welfare are appealing for information after a pony was dumped in somebody’s BACKYARD in Stoke-on-Trent.

The young colt, who was skinny and covered in mites, was dumped in the backyard of a house in Ford Green Road on Friday 27 April.

The shocked homeowner, unsure what to do with the pony, contacted World Horse Welfare. Wanting the pony to be assessed urgently, World Horse Welfare field officer Rachel Andrews asked RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin, who … Continue reading…

Every wildlife assistant at Stapeley Grange must be capable of caring for any wildlife species that arrives at the centre, however its staff also have specialist knowledge of certain species. Jenny Derbyshire plays a leading role in rehabilitating badger cubs and is the ‘go-to person’ for all things badgers. Here she talks about her role, which has its challenges – but is always worthwhile.

At Stapeley Grange, I have what I believe to be the amazing role of rehabilitating badger … Continue reading…

The RSPCA received 217 calls about dogs locked in hot cars across England over the Bank Holiday weekend – around three calls every hour.

This is despite the charity reminding people about the dangers of leaving dogs in cars, where temperatures can quickly rise.

The most calls were received in Hampshire, where the RSPCA were called about 17 dogs in hot environments. Greater London and West Yorkshire followed, with 12 calls each. The next county where we received the most … Continue reading…