A great spotted woodpecker was rescued by the RSPCA after getting tangled in fishing line in a tree – causing him to swing uncontrollably over a canal.


The RSPCA is releasing a video of the woodpecker to remind people about the hazards are fishing litter.

Last year, officers from the animal welfare charity rescued 697 animals from discarded fishing lines and other angling litter, such as hooks and barbs.

Luckily, the woodpecker – who was rescued from a canal in … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a Shar Pei dog in an “appalling” state was found without most of his fur and limping in a Shropshire road.

The large dog was found by a member of the public in a lethargic state and struggling to breathe in Telegraph Lane, Bridgnorth, on Monday last week (3 April).

He was taken to a local vet, who was so shocked by his condition that they immediately contacted the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Dave … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is reminding people to put sports netting away when finished, after the charity was called to rescue a deer who had got tangled up in football netting.

A member of the public contacted the charity after spotting the deer with his antlers tangled in the sports netting in Wellington Road, in Little Wenlock, Telford, at around 1pm on Friday (31 March).

RSPCA inspector Kate Parker and Animal Collection Officer Sophie Wilson both attended, along with a vet, and … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of an emaciated horse was dumped in a Shropshire village.

The female horse, thought to be aged around a year old, was found by a shocked member of the public on Saturday (18 February) at the side of the B4364, in Cleobury North.

RSPCA inspector Dave McCartney, who is investigating, said: “The horse was clearly in a bad way when she was dumped. As she was not microchipped, we don’t know … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is reminding dog-owners to keep their pets on leads around wildlife after a duck was found with shocking injuries in Telford thought to have been caused by a dog.

The animal welfare charity received a call from a member of the public after the duck was found at Trench Pool on Wednesday (15 June).

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Kirsty Martuccio said: “The duck was in an awful way – I have never seen injuries as severe as this … Continue reading…