03.09.13

A hedgehog has had a lucky escape after getting completely entangled in a badminton court net.

The prickly mammal was rescued by us after being found in a garden in Whatley, near Chard in Somerset last Thursday (August 29) by a member of the public.

The net was so tightly wound around him it was caught in his spines and in his mouth. It is not known how long he had been like this but he had been unable … Continue reading…

02.09.13

The second RSPCA and PRP Rescue Services Rescue Horse/Pony of the Year has been hailed a resounding success after taking place at Equifest on 17 August.  As well as the competition, six horses taken to the show by us were rehomed.

This year the classes were increased from two to six and there were more than 70 entries overall, compared to 43 entries in 2012. The best ponies and horses in each class went into the championship which took … Continue reading…

30.08.13

We helped to rescue a stray pony after he stepped onto the hard cover of a swimming pool in Chichester, and plunged through getting trapped between two sections of the broken cover.

The incident happened at a house in Marsh Lane, in Runcton, near Chichester on Thursday morning.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Marie Stevens said:

“I arrived just after the fire brigade at 7.30am to find the black and white pony up to his neck in the shallow end

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29.08.13

The Charity Commission has today concluded that we are acting within our charitable purposes in conducting such campaigns as opposing the badger cull and the live export of animals for slaughter.

In its conclusion the Commission said:

“We are satisfied that it is reasonable for the RSPCA to decide that campaigning against the badger cull and live animal exports is justified in furtherance of their objectives”.

We have reconfirmed our publicly stated and long standing view, which is shared … Continue reading…

27.08.13

We are deeply saddened to learn that the pilot badger cull has begun and that hundreds of animals are now being shot in parts of Avon and Somerset, with Gloucestershire to follow soon.

We remain committed to putting a stop to this misguided attempt to control bovine TB in cattle, as we believe it will not solve the problems caused by this devastating disease.

We are also seriously concerned that the methods being used to kill the badgers are … Continue reading…