RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District branch’s new £1.5 million animal centre in East Ardsley opens to the public next week, after over 10 years in the planning.

 

The centre will care for and rehabilitate animals rescued from cruelty and neglect by RSPCA officers in West Yorkshire. The branch aims to find permanent, loving home for these animals in their local area.

 

Branch manager Caroline Lewis-Jones said: “The number of people convicted of animal cruelty after RSPCA prosecutions was … Continue reading…

The death of two horses in a crash on the ‘flashing lane’ at Appleby Horse Fair* on Friday (5 June) has ‘overshadowed’ what was otherwise a good event for animal welfare.

 

The RSPCA appealed for information after the incident which happened on Long Marton Road, traditionally used for driving and riding horses at high speed to be shown off to potential buyers.

 

One horse died and a second horse had to be put to sleep by a vet … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pug puppy was found in a cardboard box in York. She was emaciated and suffering from a prolapse which had become maggot-infested.

 

The puppy was found by a member of the public on Murton Lane, Murton on Wednesday 13 May and taken to Tower Vets.

 

RSPCA inspector Karen Coleman said: “This poor pup was in a terrible state. How someone could just dump an animal which was clearly already suffering … Continue reading…

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…

The RSPCA says the main issues at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair* were dogs being left in hot cars and the over-working of horses, despite warnings ahead of the annual gypsy and traveller event.

 

The fair started on Thursday (6 June) and is winding down to its official end tomorrow (Thursday 11 June).

 

Four collie-type dogs were removed from the back of a pick-up truck on Friday afternoon (7 June). They were checked over by a vet and … Continue reading…