Workers at a JCB warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent found a surprise stowaway when a praying mantis was discovered hidden in a container from India.

The RSPCA was contacted on Friday (10 March) after the carnivorous insect was found in a container which had come over from India. Staff at the JCB logistics centre, in Lowlands Road, confined the four-inch creature in a box, which was picked up by RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Catherine Strawford.

The insect has now been taken to … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was found tied up in a bag in a Staffordshire field.

A woman contacted the RSPCA after finding the cat in Walton Road, in Drakelow, Burton-on-Trent, at 2.30pm on Monday (13 March). She was alerted to the animal after hearing a loud meow when she pulled up in her car at the side of the road.

After looking for the source of the noise, she found the female tortoiseshell cat in … Continue reading…

An RSPCA inspector dealt with a job with a sting in its tail – after a stowaway scorpion hid in a suitcase and travelled 5,400 miles from Mexico to Buckinghamshire.

The animal welfare charity was contacted by a holidaymaker who discovered the tiny critter – just 2cm long – while unpacking her suitcase after a break to the country.

The scorpion was contained at the house in Wellesbourne Crescent, in High Wycombe, and picked up by RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith, … Continue reading…

A man and a woman who left their dogs to suffer with a severe skin condition have been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years.

Barry Faulkner (DOB 13/12/1967) and Liza Johns (DOB 02/05/1975), both of Harcourt Street, in Birkenhead, Merseyside, appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday 13 March) to be sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to the two Collie dogs, named Custard and Tippy, by failing to provide veterinary treatment.

As well as the five-year ban, magistrates also … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two kittens were abandoned at a nature reserve in Walsall.

A member of the public saw three men speed off in a grey-blue estate-type car at Lime Pits Nature Reserve car park at about 3pm on Saturday 25 February, with two kittens having been left in the spot where the car had been.

The terrified six-month-old kittens were picked up by the member of the public, who contacted the RSPCA.

They are now … Continue reading…