The RSPCA is investigating after five puppies were found dumped at a farm in Wendover – mirroring an incident in which six pups were abandoned at the same site last year.

The animal welfare charity was contacted on Thursday lunchtime (22 February) by a woman who had found the dogs abandoned at the gated entrance to a field.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith, who is now investigating, said: “We are treating this as an abandonment but it seems clear to me … Continue reading…

A dog has been found shot in the head twice in a field in Old Eldon, Shildon, County Durham.


The female Dogue de Bordeaux had recently had puppies and was extremely emaciated.


X-rays show she suffered a fractured skull and veterinary opinion is that she would have suffered for some time before she died.

RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “I suspect this dog has had puppies, which have drained her fat reserves as she has not being … Continue reading…

Two four-week old puppies were found alone, abandoned and in “terrible condition” near Pembroke Dock train station, prompting an RSPCA Cymru search for information.

RSPCA officers were alerted after the two black and tan lurcher-type pups were found alone, and covered in a greasy oil-like substance, on Hamilton Court in Pembroke Dock town by a passer-by. They were found on Sunday morning (15 October).

Both dogs were taken to a local veterinary practice, where one was found to be comatose … Continue reading…

Seven puppies have been found dumped “like litter” in a cardboard box in Wrexham, in a “shocking example” of pet abandonment.

The Staffordshire bull terrier-cross pups, thought to be six weeks old, were found in woodland in the Erddig area on Sunday evening (October 1).

Fortunately, the pups were in good health, and were taken into the care of Wrexham Council, via the local authority’s dog warden.

RSPCA is now calling on anyone with information related to the abandoned puppies … Continue reading…

A man who was caught illegally smuggling puppies via Holyhead has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Ben James Illidge (d.o.b 22/12/1983), of Wilson Crescent, Northwich, was sentenced at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 13 July), having previously pleaded guilty to a series of charges.

Illidge was caught – in November 2016 – seeking to smuggle 35 puppies through Holyhead Port in hugely inappropriate conditions. He was identified as part of Operation Delphin, a multi-agency operation tackling the scourge of … Continue reading…