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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A holidaymaker came back with an unexpected guest from her Tenerife break – a three-inch gecko lizard buried inside their luggage.

Sophie Williams found the gecko after unzipping her suitcase at her home in Field View Road, Congleton, after a four-hour plane journey from the Canary island to Manchester Airport on Sunday (20 August).

She contacted the RSPCA, and an inspector transferred the young gecko – thought to only be around two weeks’ old – to the charity’s Stapeley Grange … Continue reading…