Three puppies have been found dead in a weighted-down suitcase in the water at the port of Sunderland. The Staffordshire bull terrier types all had a severe skin condition and appear to have been poisoned.

 

The dogs were aged four or five months, and are believed to be from the same litter. Vets suspect the skin condition to be demodectic mange, and that they may have been poisoned with rat poison.

 

RSPCA inspector Helen Bestwick said: “They had … Continue reading…

A Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog has been handed into a vets in Bishop Auckland after being found wandering the streets with a cable-tie around the base of his penis and his collar so tight his ‘eyes were bulging’.

 

The dog, named Rufus by vet staff, was brought into the Wilson Veterinary Group practice on Tenters Street at 10.45am on Sunday morning (3 August) and given immediate treatment.

 

Vets Jenni Long and Sarah Crawford are caring for him. Sarah … 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…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found with severe burns in Charltons, Saltburn.  The American bulldog-type had to be put to sleep to end his suffering.

 

The dog, a dark brindle entire male, was found by a man walking his dog near Birk Brow at around 6pm on Saturday 11 January. He called the RSPCA.

 

RSPCA inspector Chris Nisbet said: “This dog was in the most terrible state. He had suffered burns to his … Continue reading…