A man from Leeds has been jailed for causing suffering to a pony he overworked to the point of exhaustion at last year’s Appleby Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. Little Ginger also had mouth injuries.

 

Robert Michael Hunter (D.O.B 30.10.84) of Scott Hall Road, Leeds appeared before Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (26 March).

 

He pleaded guilty to three offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 – two of causing unnecessary suffering to Little Ginger by (1.) failing to … 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…

There’s good news for Bruce the dog who was found with holes in his head, having been beaten and set on fire in Cumbria.

 

Based on scan results back yesterday and feedback from his fosterer, vets say that he seems to be happy and enjoying life.

 

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “It’s nothing short of a miracle really.

 

“To say we are relieved by the feedback from vets is an understatement.

 

“We have been really … Continue reading…

The overworking of horses was the big issue at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair*, during which temperatures soared.

 

“We had to warn far too many people whose horses were being worked to exhaustion in the heat,” said RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy.

 

“It was an exceptionally hot few days – which gave the fair a real holiday-type atmosphere, and relations were good throughout – but quite frankly, they should have known better. A number of horses had to … Continue reading…

Officers from the RSPCA will be pulling on their drysuits to make a final sweep of the River Eden today, ahead of Appleby Horse Fair*.

 

The annual Gypsy and traveller event starts tomorrow (Thursday 2-Monday 6 June) in the Cumbrian town.

 

RSPCA staff removed about half a tonne of dangerous debris from the spot popular for the washing of horses, including gates, fence posts and rusty farm equipment last week.

 

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “It … Continue reading…