RSPCA officers from County Durham are going to be sharing a cup of tea with elderly pet owners when they drop off gift parcels for them this winter.


We’ve joined up with the Tata Global Beverages’ Tetley Tea factory in Stockton-on-Tees and the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) to spread some Christmas cheer.

RVS has identified older people with pets who are willing for the RSPCA to visit their homes and bring gifts including pet food and toys to their … Continue reading…

A dog has been found shot in the head twice in a field in Old Eldon, Shildon, County Durham.


The female Dogue de Bordeaux had recently had puppies and was extremely emaciated.


X-rays show she suffered a fractured skull and veterinary opinion is that she would have suffered for some time before she died.

RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “I suspect this dog has had puppies, which have drained her fat reserves as she has not being … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a Lurcher was found emaciated and suffering from a burst mammary tumour in Bishop Auckland.


Sadly the female fawn-coloured dog had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice.


She was found by a member of the public in the Hamsterley area and taken to a vets who called local charity Stray Aid in Coxhoe.


Sue Bielby, Stray Aid’s veterinary surgeon, said: “This desperate dog had been left for such … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after inspectors spotted three men thought to be intending to carry out makeshift surgery on a dog in an allotment yesterday (23 February 2017.)


Two RSPCA inspectors and a Local Authority Animal Welfare Officer were driving past the Catchgate Allotments near Swan Street in Stanley, County Durham, yesterday morning on an unrelated job when they spotted the men holding surgical equipment and standing over the dog.


Jumping out of the vehicle to … Continue reading…

The RSPCA’s annual figures for 2014 show that cruelty complaints investigated by the charity in England and Wales have gone up*.


The RSPCA investigated 159,831 complaints in 2014 compared to 153,770 in 2013. The number of complaints investigated in West Yorkshire (8,440) was second only to Greater London (12,202), with Greater Manchester (8,069) having the third highest number. Lancashire also made the top ten, in sixth (5,252), and South Yorkshire, in seventh (5,158).


A shocking 20,258 of … Continue reading…