A man from County Durham has been given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for life after a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.


Chris Adam (D.O.B 04.10.92) of The Avenue, Coxhoe appeared before South Shields Magistrates’ Court on Friday (8 February).


At an earlier hearing he had pleaded guilty to four offences* under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 relating to a nine-month-old female spaniel called Lola and an adult female crossbreed called Charlie.

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after three newborn puppies were dumped at an industrial estate in County Durham.


The bodies of the puppies were found when staff came in to work at a business on Dabble Duck Industrial Park in Shildon on Friday (5 February).


A towel with a picture of ‘Snoopy’ on it and a blue plastic carrier bag were found along with the puppies.


RSPCA inspector Clare Wilson said: “The business’ gates are locked … Continue reading…

A man from County Durham has been disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years after moving out of his house and leaving his cat, called Cass, behind.


Thomas John Black (D.O.B 13.01.1995) of Laurel Road, Stockton-on-Tees was sentenced at Teesside Magistrates Court last month (Friday 25 January).


He pleaded guilty to three offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.


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Two goats who were running around Hartlepool, County Durham for several days in October last year arrived at their new home on Wednesday (16 January).


An enclosure has been specially adapted for the animals at RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre, in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.


RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “We are very grateful to RSPCA Southridge who have stepped in to offer a home to these goats.


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Two dead dogs have been found buried in a shallow grave in Stockton-on-Tees, one of them with a severely fractured skull. 


The lurcher-types – one male and one female – were discovered buried down a disused railway line about 200 metres off Letch Lane by a woman walking her dog on Wednesday morning (21 March).

She called Stockton Council, who called the RSPCA.


RSPCA inspector Garry Palmer said: “We collected the bodies and they have been looked at … Continue reading…