We are warning people not to go away on holiday and leave their pets unattended. 

As the main summer holiday getaway peaks this weekend, our inspectors are reporting calls to houses where pets have just been left with piles of food and no-one looking after them.

We always see a rise in abandoned animals during the summer months and inspectors are warning that leaving pets home alone is not acceptable.

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A swan shot with a cross bow in Lynemouth, Northumberland has been released back into the wild where her mate was still waiting for her after nine days apart.

The female swan had been in the care of Robson & Prescott veterinary centre in Morpeth since Monday, 15 July. She was taken there by us after being rescued from the River Lyne.

RSPCA Inspector Trevor Walker said:

“We got a call from a member of the public that a

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Be tolerant of gulls this summer holidays


A nest of gull chicks has been left orphaned after both their parents were shot in the latest spate of gull attacks in the south east.

Three gulls were found in the same area of St Mary’s Bay in Kent last week with shot wounds – two in their wings and one with a pellet in its chest. Two were thought to be the parents of two chicks left uncared for in … Continue reading…


As temperatures soar we are stepping up our drive to get inspectors into Dover Port to check the welfare of animals being exported.

Since the live export trade moved from Ramsgate to Dover in May our inspectors have been stopped from checking the welfare of animals being shipped abroad and despite writing to the Harbour Board, have been refused entry.

Chief Inspector Dermot Murphy said:

“With sweltering summer temperatures it has never been more important for our inspectors to

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A petition against the government’s impending badger cull has reached a record number of signatures, as we call for greater transparency about how the humaneness of the culling method is to be tested.

More than 258,770 people have now added their name to the Number 10 e-petition protesting plans to shoot badgers as a way of combating bovine TB – making it the best supported of its kind.

Despite this milestone, the cull could still begin any day now … Continue reading…