The RSPCA is urging people not to bring dogs to Appleby Horse Fair, Cumbria for the annual Gypsy and Traveller event, which starts on Thursday (6-12 June)*.

Despite advising people of the dangers, the RSPCA pulled two dogs out of hot cars again during the 2012 event. Their owners were given cautions.

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said:

“Dogs shouldn’t be brought to the fair at all, it is quite simply no place for them. Horses can get ‘spooked’

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a wood pigeon was shot with a crossbow. The bird was so badly injured it was put to sleep by a vet.

The bird was discovered on a pavement on Backhold Avenue, Halifax by a member of the public on Thursday 9 May. They waited with it while RSPCA Inspector Natalie Taylor arrived. She said:

“I’d like to thank them for contacting us and for keeping an eye on the bird while

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American football club The DC Presidents have decided to support the RSPCA as their charity of choice for the new season and they kicked it off with a fantastic weekend.

Twelve members of the squad, including two cheerleaders from the newly established Liberty Bells Cheerleading Squad took part in the Tyne Bridge zip slide challenge in their full kit on Saturday (11 May) before visiting RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre in Chester Moor, Chester le Street to meet the staff … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was rescued by a jogger who heard crying coming from a black bin bag in a canal in the village of Great Haywood, Stafford.


The male jogger heard the faint cries of a cat coming from the bin bag which was half floating in the water.


He pulled the bag out which was tied with a knot and found a male black and white cat inside.


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Friday 5 April 2013

The RSPCA is pleased with the response to last week’s rabbit welfare event in Rochdale, organised because of concerns about the number of unwanted, abandoned and neglected rabbits in the area.


The two day event – which took place on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March at RSPCA Rochdale & District branch animal centre – saw 21 rabbits and two Guinea pigs brought through the door by their owners.


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