Workers at a JCB warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent found a surprise stowaway when a praying mantis was discovered hidden in a container from India.

The RSPCA was contacted on Friday (10 March) after the carnivorous insect was found in a container which had come over from India. Staff at the JCB logistics centre, in Lowlands Road, confined the four-inch creature in a box, which was picked up by RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Catherine Strawford.

The insect has now been taken to … Continue reading…

A man and a woman who left their dogs to suffer with a severe skin condition have been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years.

Barry Faulkner (DOB 13/12/1967) and Liza Johns (DOB 02/05/1975), both of Harcourt Street, in Birkenhead, Merseyside, appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday 13 March) to be sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to the two Collie dogs, named Custard and Tippy, by failing to provide veterinary treatment.

As well as the five-year ban, magistrates also … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a swan was shot with an air rifle in Cheshire.

A concerned member of the public found the bird with a large wound above his leg in a field in Well Lane, Weaverham, on Sunday 5 March. They contacted the RSPCA, and Animal Collection Officer Lauren Bradshaw collected the bird.

Lauren said: “The swan had been grounded in a field and I could easily see the wound above his leg. I took him … Continue reading…

An elderly dog with a facial tumour the size of an orange was rescued from a house where he lived in squalor, in a case which left the RSPCA inspector who investigated shocked and upset.

Timmy, a 16-year-old collie-type dog, was found by the local fire crews at a house in Selby Street, in Wallasey, Merseyside, who forced entry after becoming concerned about the state of the house while doing routine checks in the area.

They found Timmy lying on … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a poorly boa constrictor snake was abandoned in a plastic box in a Nottingham street.

The snake was found by a member of the public in Little John Walk, in St Ann’s, on Wednesday last week (1 March), confined to the box with the lid secure.

RSPCA inspector Laura Kirkham said: “The person who found the box opened it up and was very surprised to see the snake. Sadly, the snake was not … Continue reading…