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.


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A stowaway gecko who came to the UK from Barbados after hiding in luggage has been safely caught by the RSPCA – after being on the run in the holidaymaker’s house for two months!

A woman first saw the tiny critter – who is one-inch long – in her house in Stanley Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, on Sunday last week (9 December).

The gecko scurried away but was spotted again on Tuesday (11 December) and the RSPCA were informed.

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An escaped rainbow-coloured chameleon found in a garden in Rhyl has been safely returned home by the RSPCA.

The stray panther chameleon attracted plenty of interest after being found on 19 August, settled on a camellia plant in the garden of a Weaver Avenue property in the North Wales town.

A member of the public had initially mistaken the chameleon for a toy, and only realised what they had found when the animal closed one eye – appearing to wink!… Continue reading…

An RSPCA officer had a surprise over the weekend when he attended a call to collect what he thought was a newt – but turned out to be a poisonous fire salamander.

The animal was found by a member of the public in a tupperware box in Woodbank Park, Stockport, on Sunday afternoon. (8 April)

When the call came in, animal welfare officer (AWO) Steve Wickham was sure it would turn out to be a harmless newt – but it … Continue reading…

An RSPCA wildlife centre is appealing for a home for a tortoise who was found in a street in Sandbach.

A member of the public found the large 11kg leopard tortoise – who has been nicknamed Lillian – in the a street on 23 October. She took her into the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, where she has been looked after since.

Lee Stewart, manager at Stapeley, said: “The tortoise had runny nose syndrome when she came … Continue reading…