Animal cruelty officer moved to tears after discovery of dead puppy found in cage

A RSPCA animal cruelty officer was moved to tears on Thursday afternoon after the discovery of a dead puppy found in a cage along a side road near Doncaster Sheffield Airport in South Yorkshire, England. According to a RSPCA  news release,  a cyclist found the eight-month-old Staffordshire terrier’s body surrounded by rotting human food which had been pushed through the bars or thrown into the crate.

Someone had stuffed in rotting bread, chips, chicken nuggets and meatballs.

“It’s very distressing to think about what this poor pup went through in his short life,” stated Inspector Jordan. “He’s obviously been badly neglected and suffering for a long time, but, if he was still alive which I believe he probably was – to be abandoned like this and die alone in this crate on the side of a road is heartbreaking.”

The rusty crate was filthy, and the puppy had been covered in fresh feces. A piece of foam was inside of the crate; possibly this had been the bed and the horrible living quarters of this poor pup for weeks. His microchip traces his birth in February back to a breeder in Pontefract who said the puppy was sold in April. Inspector Jordan expressed her distress in tears, thinking about what the poor puppy had to have gone through in such a short, dismal life.

Anyone with any information about who owned him, or who saw anything at all that might help to find justice for a poor puppy is asked to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line at 0300 1234 8018. To help the RSPCA continue investigating incidents like this please visit:

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Exhausted fox stuck in bottom of skate park almost gave up …until

It was on Sunday morning that the RSPCA in Liverpool received a call from two women who had been walking through a skate park and spotted a red fox in the bottom of the concrete bowl shaped structure. The fox had desperately been trying over and over to climb his way out.

“The fox was really struggling to get out; every time he ran up the side he slid back down again,” Claire Fisher, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release. “He was trying so hard to free himself that he got exhausted.”

By the time Claire arrived, she said the fox had curled himself up in the bottom of the bowl as if he had given up. So quietly the animal welfare officer slipped down towards the bottom and carefully netted the little guy. Admittedly it was even difficult for Claire to climb out.

“Thankfully the fox wasn’t injured by his ordeal, just very tired, but he managed to find the energy to run away as fast as he could out of the net. I was a little bit worried he’d run straight back into the bowl but he ran in the opposite direction – understandably!,” Claire stated as she watched the fox make it as far away from the skate park as possible.

Thankfully the little guy was uninjured and back where he belongs.

The RSPCA urges anyone who sees an animal which needs rescuing to contact the charity’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

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Authorities search for creep who tossed puppies over fence during middle of night

Can there be any other name  than “creep” for the person who tossed two tiny, defenseless puppies over a garden fence in the freezing cold during the middle of the night in West Yorkshire? On Saturday, the RSPCA released a closed circuit video of a man pulling the two pups out of a white carrier bag and tossing them over the wall into the garden of a home in Bradford.

An investigation has been launched, and the public is being asked to help with any information.

“The CCTV clearly shows a man walk past and then stop before holding a carrier bag over the wall and tipping it out into the garden. Then as he walks away, he pauses as the two tiny, disoriented puppies appear from underneath a bush and potter across the lawn,” stated Inspector Sally Bamforth.

According to the Mirror, the time stamp on the surveillance video indicates the two pups were dumped on September 28 at approximately 9:10 p.m. The footage shows the man who dumped the animals wearing a heavy coat, which meant it had been a cold as well as a rainy night. Not only were the puppies too young to be out in inclement weather, they were too young to be away from their mother. Both Lhasa Apso pups were nearly bald as they suffered from severe skin infections. How they survived their ordeal remains a miracle, according to RSPCA personnel caring for the little ones.

“Watching the footage is heartbreaking; anything could have happened to these little pups,” added Inspector Bamforth. Fortunately the homeowner discovered the puppies in her garden just a few hours later and called the animal welfare organization.

The puppies, a male and female are now in the care of the RSPCA Preston and have been named Pippin and Perdy. The two are very bonded and are behaving like happy little puppies. Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018.

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Snapchat horror: Dozens of reports of animal cruelty reported on popular site

The RSPCA (England and Wales) have received dozens of reports of animal cruelty witnessed by children on popular Snapchat. According to the RSPCA, the animal protection organization has seen a 340% rise in reports of “brutal cruelty”; labeling it Snapchat horror.

Statistically, in 2015, there were 27 reports of animal cruelty after parents saw videos on the mobile phone app and reported them. By 2016, the amount of complaints rose to 69 – a 155% increase in cases. In 2017, the emergency cruelty line has already reported 119 complaints. Special Operations Unit (SOU) fear the social media platform has been making these cruel torturers  feel “invincible” because it is so hard to trace them since the videos disappear after 10 seconds. Fortunately authorities are now able to trace 80% of the videos reported, and police are attempting to educate parents and children concerning violence against animals and how these traits can lead to violence against humans.

According to the Sun,  some of the heinous acts of cruelty included a guinea pig being thrown down a staircase, a goldfish blinded, a horse fed cigarettes, a sheep beaten to death with a golf club, a puppy thrown into a river and a goat pulled repeatedly into an electric fence. The RSPCA researcher stated:

“Videos often include youngsters laughing as they inflict the injuries or text is layered over the top to suggest that they have found it entertaining.”

Some of the other incidents reported included a tortoise fed drugs, a squirrel set on fire (shown above) and a fox cub’s throat slit.

At the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, a group of three teens were caught on surveillance video torturing some of the animals last week leaving them traumatized just for ‘kicks.’ These are all animals rescued from neglect and abuse, and slowly they were starting to come around and trust people again. One of the horses was force fed cigarettes. When his caretakers arrived the next morning, the horse was so terrified, he refused to be handled. A goat was seen pulled by its horns into an electric fence.

“On the 1st of August 3 youths entered the sanctuary out of hours and took snapchat photos of themselves pulling our innocent goat, Nathan onto an electric fence and tormenting him. They continued on to then push one of our beautiful pigs over and traumatized them. The horses were extremely distressed and CCTV footage showed the horses running away from the youths so we are sure they suffered at the hands of these abusers also. They continued to trespass around the sanctuary for over an hour…”

In addition the young thugs also stole items from the sanctuary leaving the property a mess.

“We appeal for anyone who may have information which could aid the investigation, to make contact with PC Rob Anderson at Grays and Brentwood Local Policing Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555.”

The RSPCA continues to investigate complaints of animal cruelty.

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Paralyzed Belgian shepherd with catheter in her leg abandoned in garden

An injured Belgian shepherd was discovered this past weekend dumped outside of a garden of a private home in Orpington – a section of the London Borough of Bromley, United Kingdom. The dog, found by area residents early Saturday morning, had a catheter in her leg which had been wrapped in bandages. The dog was in a lot of pain, and it was clear she didn’t walk to the garden by herself; tragically it is suspected she had been left there to fend for herself in that condition.

According to the Express News, stated the dog had likely been dumped in an alleged act of  heartless animal cruelty since the dog was partially paralyzed when discovered. RSPCA deputy chief inspector Anthony Pulfer said the dog did have a micro-chip, but it had not been kept up to date. It is suspected the very sweet dog had recently been treated at a veterinarian hospital.

“The dog had no use of her front left leg and was sore on the right, so I took her straight to a vet who discovered she was suffering with paralysis of one front leg. I’m appealing to anyone in the area who recognizes her, and to any vets who have treated her recently, to come forward.

Unfortunately it is likely the dog will have to have her leg amputated. She has been transferred to the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital for treatment where she will receive the finest care.

Anyone with information about this dog is asked to contact Inspector Pulfer at the RSPCA and call 0300 123 8018.

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Owner banned from keeping pets after collie with tumor found abandoned in filthy house

The owner of a 16-year-old collie who abandoned her dog with a massive, bleeding tumor on the side of his face in a garbage and feces filled home has been banned from keeping any pets for the next ten years. Christine Daley, who lived in a house on Selby Street in Wallasey United Kingdom, pleaded guilty at Wirral Magistrate’s Court on Thursday to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by failing to investigate and treat a lump on his face and failing to meet the needs of a dog by failing to provide a suitable environment between  October 1 through October 25, 2016.Timmy the dog 2

According to the Metro, the fire department forced their way into the abandoned home after receiving concerning requests about foul odors. And there the crews found the collie, lying on the sofa in a room reeking of strong ammonia odors and with garbage, moldy food, feces and trash piled up at least two feet in every part of the residence. RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes described the situation:

“The fire crew could smell something very strong and unpleasant through the letterbox and were concerned that there was a dead body in the house, so they gained entry with the police. That’s when they found Timmy so they contacted us. The house was in squalor – every room was full of feces. It was very hard not to stand in feces as the carpet was full of it. It was one of the worst environments I have been in,” Inspector Joynes stated. “Timmy was essentially using the house as his kennel and his toilet.”Timmy the dog 3

The report also stated there were flies all over the place and had Timmy not been rescued when he was, he may very well have died. The dog was immediately transported to a veterinarian where the tumor on his face was removed, however the dog’s recovery was lengthy and painful. The good news – is that Timmy has since made a wonderful comeback, has been adopted and is living the relaxed and lazy life all senior dogs deserve.Timmy the dog now

As for Daley, 60, besides the ban on owning any animal for the next ten years, she was also sentenced to an eight-week prison term suspended for six month and ordered to pay a $500 fine.

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Dog breeder stuffs 8 newborn puppies into freezer to kill them

An award winning Border Collie breeder stuffed eight newborn puppies into a freezer to kill them after she said a veterinarian refused to euthanize the pups because they were healthy.  The dog breeder, Margaret Peacock, from Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom, feared the puppies had genetic defects because their parents were brother and sister.

According to the Daily Mail,  another puppy was beaten to death using a can opener. Peacock, 63, called the veterinarians twice threatening she would kill the puppies herself if they wouldn’t help her. The same day, Peacock made her third call and told the receptionist at the vet office she had stuffed the newborn puppies into the freezer. The following day, Peacock brought all the puppies to the vet’s office in a bag; one of the puppies was still alive, but had to be humanely euthanized. Margaret Peacock

At the Basingstoke Magistrate’s Court, Prosecutor Andrew Austin told the judge that none of the puppies showed any signs of having genetic defects in spite of having been inbred:

“The defendant had a number of dogs, one of which – a blue merle Border Collie – fell pregnant by her own brother. After the bitch went into labor the defendant contacted her vet to request that the puppies be put down. She confirmed to the vet that none of the puppies had any obvious defects. When an appointment could only be offered the following day, the defendant told her ‘I will kill them myself.’ In a third call, made later the same day, the defendant told the vet ‘by the way, they have been in the freezer ten minutes now and they are not dead yet.'”

Mr. Austin then confirmed Peacock brought the dead puppies to the vet the following day. The RSPCA inspected her home and found the body of the other puppy who had suffered a violent blow to his head.

Peacock’s defense attorney told the court her client had been very upset with the dog giving birth and felt the only solution would be to kill the puppies before the mother dog became attached to them. Her attorney, Fiona Taylor admitted her client realized what she did was not right and that she was sorry.

Peacock pleaded guilty to three charges of animal cruelty which included failing to prevent unnecessary suffering to an animal. Magistrate Dr. Susan Dadlani sentenced the defendant to two concurrent 12 week jail terms – suspended for one year. Peacock suffers from multiple sclerosis and uses crutches to walk. She will not be banned from breeding dogs because of her past good record. She was also ordered to pay $1,000 in fines, court costs and victim surcharge to the RSPCA. Animal advocates were outraged and besides deserving to be jailed have expressed their shock Peacock will still be allowed to breed dogs in the future.

(Photo of newborn puppies by RSPCA and Solent News screenshot)

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Emaciated ‘bag of bones’ found collapsed on busy roadway

On a busy road in Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom, passing motorists couldn’t help but notice a young hound described as a “bag of bones” lying off to the side. On February 16, Good Samaritans stopped and rushed the dog dubbed Snoopy to an emergency veterinarian. Barely weighing 22 pounds, the friendly dog is now reported to be  steadily recovering. Bag of Bones

According to the Express UK, the RSPCA, whose description referred to as a “bag of bones,” stated two-year-old Snoopy is one of the skinniest dogs they have ever rescued. The dog was originally mistaken for a pile of rags dumped on the side of the road.

“Snoopy was curled up and collapsed in the curb of the busy street when she was found,” stated RSPCA Officer Rosie Russon. “The people who found her said they mistook her for a pile of rages, she was so still, and they had to swerve to miss her.”Bag of bones 2

Snoopy has been slowly gaining weight, and no medical condition was found to have explained the degree of emaciation. Authorities state the dog was intentionally starved and likely had been caged in a small space as injuries to her tail are consistent with having been locked up in a small space. It is hoped Snoopy continues to recover; shelter staff say she is a very sweet dog who has had a rough start in life, but she seems ready to forgive and move on. Her treatment continues at Leybourne Animal Center in Kent. Get well soon Snoopy.

(Photos of Snoopy screenshots via Express UK and RSPCA)

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Heartless thug caught on video kicking a cat 6 feet through the air

A heartless thug was caught on video kicking a cat, minding her own business, six feet through the air  in front of a home at Guinness Trust flats, on Sidney Street, Derby. The two men then casually strolled away as if they had just kicked a coffee cup away as trash. The nasty man, wearing a fluorescent orange jacket, was seen on the family’s closed circuit television camera walking up to their family pet before kicking her in the face. The incident occurred on the afternoon of January 12.Millie the cat cover

According to the MetroUK, the force of the kick sent the cat named Millie flying into a backward flip into the air and hurled six feet landing on a grassy area. Millie suffered a broken jaw after the unprovoked attack. The cat’s owner called the RSPCA after Millie returned home with her serious injuries.

RSPCA Inspector Sarah Burrows viewed the video and released the following statement:Millie the cat cover 2

“The video clearly shows two men walking towards Millie and then one man kicking a cat very hard, resulting in her being thrown a few feet across the ground, before walking away. It is an unprovoked attack which has sadly left Millie with a suspected broken jaw. Inflicting such a horrific attack on a defenseless cat is sickening, and it’s important we track down the people responsible.”

Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the culprits responsible for the heinous act.

“We are appealing for information and are keen to hear from anyone who recognizes the person responsible for this. Anyone with information should contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018. If prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, a person could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £20,000.”Millie the cat

(Photos of thugs kicking a cat courtesy of RSPCA screenshots)





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Rabbit found on roof and no one knows how it got there

Officials from the RSPCA have no idea how a rabbit found on the roof of a house in Liverpool late last week got there. The adorable, white bunny was spotted by a pedestrian walking around the neighborhood.rabbit-on-roof2

According to YahooNews, the fire department assisted staff of the RSPCA rescuing the little guy, but everyone continues to scratch their head wondering how the bunny, dubbed Lily, got there in the first place. Of the two plausible theories – Matt Brown, an officer from the RSPCA offered his thoughts:

“…the rabbit has been picked up by a bird from the garden and dropped on the roof, or that someone had thrown her up there. We got her to a vet and thankfully she had no injuries. However, we were still confused about how she got up there as it is incredibly unlikely she’d have been able to have hopped up herself.”

Staff went door to door in the neighborhood to find out where Lily belonged, and soon came across her owner who lives near to where the bunny was found. The latch gate to Lily’s hatch had been opened, seemingly to suggest someone came in and stole her and propped her up on the roof as a sick prank. Although it is doubtful the mystery of the rabbit on the roof will ever be solved, Lily is doing find and relaxing in the safety of her hutch.

(Rabbit found on roof photos courtesy of RSPCA)

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