A man from Redcar has been sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of four horses.


John Pybus (D.O.B 06.02.63) of Grewgrass Lane, Redcar pleaded guilty to five offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 at a hearing at Teesside Magistrates’ Court last month (27 February).*


He was given an 18-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and a 12-month community order including 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days. He was also ordered to pay … Continue reading…

A pet shop owner from Hull has been disqualified from keeping caged exotics, rabbits, reptiles, guinea pigs and caged birds for life, after a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.


Rebecca Dawn McHugh (D.O.B 08.11.81) of Boulevard, Hull appeared before Hull Magistrates’ Court on Friday (1 March) for sentencing.


At a hearing on 25 January, she was convicted, in absence, of four offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006* and a warrant issued for her arrest.


The … Continue reading…

Three men have been given suspended prison sentences for causing unnecessary suffering to pigs at a farm in Lincolnshire, after a prosecution brought by the RSPCA.


Shocking undercover footage of pigs being repeatedly kicked in the head, hit with gates and jabbed with pitchforks was filmed by Animal Equality in April last year and passed to the RSPCA  to investigate.


Troy Wagstaff (D.O.B 06.03.88)*, Gavin Hardy (D.O.B 29.09.79) of Greengate Lane, South Killingholme, and Arturs Grigorjevs (D.O.B 02.11.86) … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was set on by dogs and died in Hull.


Four dogs were seen being encouraged to attack the black cat by two men and a teenage boy.


The incident happened in the garden of a derelict house on Flinton Grove and some wasteland behind the property between 10am – 2pm on Sunday 10 February.


RSPCA inspector Lucy Green said: “The witness described the dogs as being goaded by … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is issuing an end-of-year re-appeal to find the person responsible for almost killing Bruce the dog, found bloodied, battered and burned in Cumbria.


The bull lurcher was spotted wandering around Little Orton, on the outskirts of Carlisle, at the end of August (Thursday 30).


He had a swollen, protruding eye and a deep hole in the top of his skull which was fractured in several places. His jaw was broken, his tail had been burned and … Continue reading…