The RSPCA has teamed up with Stanhope Park Vets and firefighters from Darlington Fire Station to urge people to think about animals as Bonfire Night draws near.

A photocall took place at Darlington Fire Station this week (Tuesday 24 October) to help promote the message.

RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “Fireworks are terrifying for animals, we all know that. Figures show nearly half of dogs show signs of anxiety when they hear them.


“Already this year we’ve heard … 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…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of an emaciated dead pony was found at the entrance of a golf club in Harrow, Greater London.

The body of the skewbald equine was found in a terrible state early Thursday (7 April) morning on Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald.

He had a rope tied around his back legs and was dumped in the driveway to the course between 6am and 7am.

RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Nicole Broster said: “This … Continue reading…

The RSPCA, Redwings Horse Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare,  carried out a joint operation to remove 44 horses from a property in Sussex at the start of December.

The horses had been living wild on the 150 acre property for many years and with three resident stallions, had been breeding excessively in three separate herds. With ample grass and space, there were no welfare concerns for the horses at this time, however, left for several more months, this could have … Continue reading…