An RSPCA officer had a surprise over the weekend when he attended a call to collect what he thought was a newt – but turned out to be a poisonous fire salamander.

The animal was found by a member of the public in a tupperware box in Woodbank Park, Stockport, on Sunday afternoon. (8 April)

When the call came in, animal welfare officer (AWO) Steve Wickham was sure it would turn out to be a harmless newt – but it … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a hamster was abandoned by a man in a park in Sutton Coldfield.

A member of the public was walking through Newhall Park on Tuesday (April 3) when they saw a bald man in his mid-30s wearing jeans and a black jacket walking with the empty hamster cage after letting the hamster out.

The member of the public contacted the RSPCA and Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Cara Gibbon collected the poor hamster, now … Continue reading…

A swan who turned completely black after getting covered in oil has been released back into the wild after a remarkable transformation.

The swan was picked up by an RSPCA officer from a lake in Prestoles Road, Radcliffe, Manchester, after being spotted by a member of the public.

The bird was taken to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, where staff joked that an Australian black swan had just been admitted.

Lynsey Cale, wildlife assistant at Stapeley … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead dog was dumped in a builders’ rubble sack on a Birmingham street over the Easter weekend.

A member of the public found the dog’s body on Saturday evening (31 March), in Arley Road, Saltley, and contacted the RSPCA.

The tan-coloured dog had been dumped in a blue plastic dog bed which had been placed in a large builders’ rubble sack with the handles tied.

He was wearing a leather collar but … Continue reading…

A man who beat his 11-week-old kitten and then suffocated the animal with a duvet seven hours later has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Kieran Haynes (DOB 19/01/1998), of Devon Gardens, Birkenhead, was sentenced by magistrates in Wirral yesterday (Tues 3 April), after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to causing unnecessary suffering to the kitten named Niko.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes investigated the case after Niko’s body was found hanging outside a block of flats where Haynes’s ex-partner lived … Continue reading…