A duckling has been rescued after becoming trapped in a storm drain in Durham. 


The RSPCA was called at around 9.30pm on Saturday night (11 April) and an officer went straight out to Caterhouse Road.


RSPCA Inspector Kaye Forsyth said: “I got there fairly quickly as I was only 10 minutes away from the location.

“The duckling had been with its mother and siblings and had fallen down a drain on the housing estate.

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A kitten has been rescued by the RSPCA after being found in an industrial bin in Durham. 


The 10-week-old tortie and white female was heard meowing by a member of the public the day before she was found on Friday (20 December).


RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Shane Lynn got to the scene, in an alley off Providence Row, at 4.45pm. He said: “It seems incredibly unlikely that this kitten got into the bin on her own.

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The RSPCA is releasing its annual cruelty statistics for 2013 and West Yorkshire comes out worst across England and Wales for the number of people convicted of animal welfare offences.


One hundred and twenty six people were convicted of offences in West Yorkshire last year after the RSPCA brought prosecutions. Durham had the second-highest figure with 100 people convicted*.


The figures are just some of those which form part of the charity’s Prosecutions Annual Report**, published to coincide … Continue reading…


As we struggle to cope with the numbers of horses needing our help, two plucky equines are planning to set out with their owners on a 100 mile trek just to raise money for our Felledge Equine Centre.

Scotch, a miniature Shetland pony, and Barley, a donkey, will take their owners, Tiggy Bays-Griffiths and Chelsey Bailey, on the first sponsored trek of its kind around East Anglia.

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American football club The DC Presidents have decided to support the RSPCA as their charity of choice for the new season and they kicked it off with a fantastic weekend.

Twelve members of the squad, including two cheerleaders from the newly established Liberty Bells Cheerleading Squad took part in the Tyne Bridge zip slide challenge in their full kit on Saturday (11 May) before visiting RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre in Chester Moor, Chester le Street to meet the staff … Continue reading…