The RSPCA in Coventry is looking to rehome a very special dog who has not had any interest from potential adopters.

Holly, an eight-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, is a hermaphrodite – meaning she has both male and female reproductive organs.

Danni Holder, kennel supervisor at the branch, said: “Canine hermaphrodites are very rare, so Holly is a very special dog to us. This doesn’t cause Holly any physical issues or difficulties, but it might put people off from adopting her. … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a dog with untreated tumours was abandoned and left to die in the coal shed of a derelict house in Hull.


The animal welfare charity was contacted on Valentine’s Day (Tuesday 14 February) by a woman who heard the Rottweiler scratching and trying to get out of the building in Middlesex Road.


RSPCA inspector David Milborrow said: “A woman had heard the dog but couldn’t see her because she’d been barricaded … Continue reading…

A man from Dewsbury who beat a puppy over a period of ‘at least three weeks’, causing multiple fractures, has been jailed for 18 weeks and disqualified from keeping animals for life.


Nasim Hussein Khan (D.O.B 28.4.75) of Scopsley Green, Whitley appeared before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday 16 February).


He pleaded guilty to three offences under the Animal Welfare Act* in a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.


RSPCA inspector Danielle Grimshaw said: “The state this … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a wild bird was shot by a canal in Ellesmere Port.

The body of a cormorant was found by a member of the public by the canal in Cromwell Road on 30 January.

RSPCA inspector Leanne Cragg said: “It is concerning that a wild bird could have been shot in the area. Attacks like this are serious and we are urging anyone who has any information on the incident to contact us on … Continue reading…

A man from Bishop Auckland has been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years after hitting his then partner’s Staffordshire bull terrier on the head repeatedly with a hammer.


Lee Andrew Johnson (D.O.B 26.7.78) of Weeds, Westgate was sentenced at Peterlee Magistrates Court on Tuesday (14 February).


At a trial earlier this month, he was convicted of, on or about 30 January 2016, causing unnecessary suffering to the dog, called ‘Alfie’, by beating and kicking him.


RSPCA … Continue reading…