A man who starved his rabbit to death has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

Gary McPhail (01/09/1989), of Cotlandswick, in London Colney, St Albans, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 17 August), where he pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to the grey rabbit named Bugsy.

The court heard that Bugsy died after not being fed any food for a week at McPhail’s previous home in Peveril Road, in Tibshelf, Alfreton.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Leafe, … Continue reading…

The RSPCA was called in to rescue a little owl from a house in Tamworth after he created a scene worthy of Harry Potter – by flying into a living room through a chimney.

The owl – who is smaller than an adult’s hand – was found in a living room of a house in Manor Close, in Tamworth, on Monday (14 August).

RSPCA inspector Laura Bryant was called to collect the owl. She said: “The residents of the house … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two cats belonging to the same family were shot within a week of each other in Liverpool.

Liberty and Shalilah both had to have veterinary treatment as a result of being shot with an air rifle in their head and neck, near to their home in Old Dover Road.

Ten-month-old tortoiseshell Liberty was found collapsed by a dog walker in Rabbit Wood, in Oak Road, at around 2pm on Tuesday 25 July. Her … Continue reading…

A cat who was left clinging onto a branch at the top of a 60ft-high tree in windy weather was rescued in a joint operation between the RSPCA and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A member of the public contacted the animal welfare charity after spotting the puss up the tree in Brackenwood Mews, Wilmslow.

RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer Steve Wickham attended but quickly realised that the fire service would be needed as the cat was so high up.

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A dog who was 10 minutes away from being put to sleep by her previous owner before being rescued by the RSPCA is due to star on the small screen tomorrow on Channel 5’s Dog Rescuers show, presented by Alan Davies.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes was called to a home in Wirral after a member of the public raised concerns about the condition on a German Shepherd dog inside the house. When he got there, the dog’s owner told him … Continue reading…