Schools from Birmingham, Reading and Leeds have qualified for the finale of a prestigious debating competition, to take place at Westminster’s Church House.

The RSPCA has been hosting Great Debate events, with school children debating a host of animal welfare topics at “centres of citizenship and democracy” across England.

15 teams from ten schools have competed in three England heats – with six schools winning through and reaching June’s final.

Debates aim to inspire school pupils to research, explore and … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a Canada goose was shot with a crossbow in Smethwick.

The animal charity was contacted by a concerned member of the public who saw the injured goose on a canal in North Bridge Road, on 1 April.

An RSPCA officer caught the goose and took him to the charity’s Birmingham Animal Hospital, where the bird was sedated and the crossbow removed.

He was transferred to the charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two puppies were abandoned in a bush on April Fool’s Day.

A member of the public witnessed a man and a woman dump the puppies in a bush in Stallings Lane, Kingswinford, at around 3.15pm, before driving off in a BMW.

They retrieved the puppies and took them home before calling the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor said: “The puppies are in reasonable health thankfully, but it does not make any sense at … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead dog was dumped in a builders’ rubble sack on a Birmingham street over the Easter weekend.

A member of the public found the dog’s body on Saturday evening (31 March), in Arley Road, Saltley, and contacted the RSPCA.

The tan-coloured dog had been dumped in a blue plastic dog bed which had been placed in a large builders’ rubble sack with the handles tied.

He was wearing a leather collar but … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has issued a warning to pet owners not to ‘decorate’ their animals with accessories or jewellery after veterinary staff had to cut a bangle from a cat’s neck.

The UK’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity is urging pet owners not to dress their cats in any decorative items as they could be dangerous or cause injury.

The warning comes after an inspector came across a young cat with a metal bangle stuck around her neck.

Inspector Herchy … Continue reading…