A man from Huddersfield who ‘tortured’ animals in his care has been sentenced after a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.


Stephen Emsley (D.O.B 20.02.69), of Riddings Road, appeared before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (4 April).


He admitted two offences under the Animal Welfare Act and was convicted of a further five at a trial last month*.


Footage shows Emsley repeatedly slapping a rabbit and pulling fur from a guinea pig.


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A magistrate and her daughter from Leigh have been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to two West Highland white terriers.


Gail Bradshaw (D.O.B 27.08.53) – a magistrate at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court for the past 30 years who has deliberated on RSPCA cases – and Nicola Bradshaw (D.O.B 07.09.88), both of Minehead Avenue, appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court for a two-day trial (Friday 6-Monday 9 April).

They were found guilty of (1.) on a day or dates between … 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…

The dead body of a cat has been found in a green wheelie bin in the Newbridge area.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after the body of a soaking wet, dead black and white cat was found alongside beer cans and faeces in a wheelie bin in the vicinity of Church Road and Thorne Avenue in the area.

The charity has urged anyone with information linked to the incident to contact their inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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RSPCA Cymru has issued a reminder about the challenges involved in looking after exotic pets, after the animal welfare charity rescued a snake that a member of the public found in Pontyclun.

The Honduran milk snake – who has been nicknamed Carlos – was found on a driveway on 13 March. The snake was then transferred to a local veterinary practice by the helpful member of the public.

Anyone with information as to why the snake was found alone in Continue reading…