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Dogs found in suitcases two days apart [Warning: upsetting images]

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the bodies of two dogs were found in suitcases on 24 and 26 January, in Leeds and Halifax respectively.  A four-year-old bull terrier type male, dubbed ‘Leo’, was...

Animal charity scoops up national award

Founded by Lesley Tarleton in 1975, Freshfields Animal Rescue has been operating for over 40 years. Now based both near Liverpool and in North Wales, it has provided sanctuary, rehabilitation and new homes to...

Scotland bans shock collars

Animal welfare organisations have welcomed the announcement by Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, to ban the use of electric shock collars in Scotland. This comes as a huge...

Man bites dog. No, really.

"When a dog bites a man, that is not news. But if a man bites a dog, that is news." So, according to one of the tenets of journalism, we have news for you: a...

IAMS challenges pet parents to make a paws-itive change to their pet’s life

IAMS challenges British pet parents to make a paws-itive change to their pet’s life. • 49% of dogs and 44% of cats in the UK now considered overweight or obese • Despite this, 70% of owners...

Thousands of cruelty calls made during festive period, RSPCA reveals

The RSPCA’s emergency cruelty line received over a million calls in 2017, and 55,821 of these were in December. Now the charity has  revealed that they have received a total of 11,530 calls about "cruelty, neglect...

Pups dumped in a box named after suffragettes

Four pups abandoned in a closed box in Victoria Park on 6 January could have easily died in the cold if they hadn't been found by a member of the public, who heard their...

Therapy dogs brighten up Blue Monday

Blue Monday, which fell on 15 January this year, is said to be the most depressing day of the year. While the formula used to come to this conclusion is widely considered pseudoscience Mondays...

Dogs Trust launches training videos to help owners keep their dogs

There are many reasons why somebody would surrender their dog to a rescue, and some of them are ludicrous. A list of the most stunning explanation leading charity Dogs Trust has been given include: ...

Missing dog found with dog fighting wounds

A Staffordshire bull terrier who went missing from her home four years ago was found in Birmingham with horrifying injuries, consistent with dog fighting, on 28 December. A member of the public spotted the dog,...

Battersea’s first arrival of 2018

Eight-week-old crossbreed Ronnie was brought to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on 2 January - giving him the dubious honour of becoming the first dog of to arrive at the charity this year. It...

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Could you be Venus’ Valentine?

Roses are red, violets are blue, and the Goddess of Love is looking for you. Meet Venus, Battersea’s loneliest dog who, despite her name, has...

Saving Skittles

On Wednesday 13 December, a small team of volunteers found a sick puppy abandoned outside of Sadie's Stray Dog Rescue in Bacau, Romania. The...

All Bentley wants for Christmas

Can you give Bentley a new home on time for Christmas - or know someone who might? On Sunday (17 December), three-year-old Staffie Bentley will...