19.12.13

We are braced for a busy festive period after dealing with a bumper number of calls about cruelty over Christmas last year (2012).

Last year staff answered 833 calls about neglect and cruelty on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day – 53 per cent more than the same period in 2011.

Calls to help collect injured and abandoned animals were also up by about a third (32%) from 584 in 2011 to 769 last year.

Chief Inspector … Continue reading…

19.12.13

A heron surrounded by water drops glistening in the setting sun has won first prize in a competition for young people.

Danielle Connor, 17, from Wimbledon, London was today named the overall winner of our Young Photographer Awards 2013 (YPA13) for her atmospheric ‘Bokeh Heron’ photograph taken at her local pond. She also won the 16-18 years category for the same photo.

TV personality, wildlife expert and RSPCA vice president Chris Packham led a judging panel of industry professionals … Continue reading…

17.12.13

This is the heartbreaking moment caught on CCTV footage of a puppy being dumped by its owner outside the gates of our Birmingham Animal Centre and Hospital.

The incident happened at around 11am on Wednesday 11 December at the centre in Frankley.

A silver Renault car is seen drawing up to the gate before the driver leans across to open the back door and makes the puppy get out. Then the driver wheel-spins off leaving the young Staffordshire bull … Continue reading…

16.12.13

Our research has shown that almost a quarter (24%) of pet owners will be dishing up a plate of Christmas dinner for their pet this year.

However, the festive treat could backfire as many of the traditional Christmas trimmings are toxic for dogs and cats.

Last year more than a dozen dogs were admitted to our hospitals after being ‘treated’ to Christmas dinner by their owners.

Festive food can be dangerous for our pets

Angela Grigg, manager at Putney … Continue reading…

16.12.13

We are set to release two geese, which had been shot with crossbows, back to the wild tomorrow (17 December).

The pair were rescued by us after they were seen injured on The Mere in Elsmere, Shropshire.

The release is even more poignant for RSPCA Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) Elaine Williams after she had her nose broken by one of the geese while trying to catch it.

One of the geese had been shot in its wing by a … Continue reading…