The RSPCA is recognising the bravery and persistence of a terrier who saved the life of her elderly owner when she did not realise her bed was on fire.

Barbie is a seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who lives with her owner 72-year-old Rosemary Field in Bristol.

In the early hours of Friday 1 March, Mrs Field was asleep and unaware that a lit bedside lamp had fallen onto her bed. The hot bulb burned a hole through a quilt, … Continue reading…

RSPCA inspectors have collected several birds caught in an oil spillage on the north Kent coast.


The birds were found covered in thick, black sticky fuel oil. They include eight red throated divers, two of which had to be put to sleep to end their suffering, two guillemots and a dunlin who sadly died.


They all came from the Ramsgate harbour area except for one of the divers which was picked up in Rye harbour.


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The RSPCA is appealing for information about the owner of a dead horse found at the side of train tracks at Effingham station in Surrey.

The horse was found early this morning ( Wednesday 10 April) covered in hedge clippings.


It is a piebald mare and very emaciated, wearing a maroon rug and a blue head collar.


RSPCA inspector Emma Swadlo said: “The horse died quite recently and we think it may have been dumped there overnight.

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The RSPCA are appealing for information about a man seen drowning his dog.


The man was spotted yesterday (Monday 8 April) beneath the jetty at Hole Haven Point on Canvey Island. He was holding a small ginger terrier under the water for at least eight minutes.  It is not known who the dog belongs to.


The man was described as in his 50s with grey hair and a stocky build. He was wearing a dark navy jacket with … Continue reading…

An RSPCA worker is appealing for donations of antibiotics and other treatments for cats for a trip she is taking in July to Sardinia to try to help neuter some of the islands feral cats.

 The majority of cats in Sardinia are undomesticated and live in colonies bossed by one cat who may be male or female.

They live under whatever shelter they can find and survive by scavenging food from humans or by hunting wildlife.

Ann-Marie Upton, manager of … Continue reading…