No more shaggy dog stories: visit puppies before buying, say charities

No more shaggy dog stories: visit puppies before buying, say charities

The RSPCA and the Dogs Trust have issued new advice to puppy buyers in England, warning them not to buy unless they have visited the dog with its mother in its home.

Anger as stray dog painted orange and black to look like tiger

Anger as stray dog painted orange and black to look like tiger

The Persatuan Haiwan Malaysia – Malaysia Animal Association shared the images on their Facebook page after the painted animal was pictured.It was pictured on the street (Picture: Newsflash) The RSPCA said it can be confusing and frightening for dogs to be dyed (Picture: @animalmalaysia/Newsflash).

Dog covered in cigarette burns abandoned outside RSPCA centre

Dog covered in cigarette burns abandoned outside RSPCA centre

Hector was tied up outside the RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch Animal Centre in East Ardsley, Leeds, on August 1, with CCTV footage showing a black Mercedes with foreign number plates pulling up and leaving him behind.

Puppies die after being abandoned in cardboard box in 30°C heat

Puppies die after being abandoned in cardboard box in 30°C heat

Samantha Garvey, the RSPCA’s chief inspector for Essex, said the animals were killed by suspected parvovirus – a highly contagious disease that causes severe vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration.

Body of ‘healthy’ dog found dead inside parcel sack left in park

Body of ‘healthy’ dog found dead inside parcel sack left in park

RSPCA Inspector Victoria Reid was called to Tinsley Meadows Park in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on August 1 following the discovery of the dog beside a bin.

Man let German Shepherd starve to death in home ‘littered with faeces’

Man let German Shepherd starve to death in home ‘littered with faeces’

Michael Warren, 35, has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to his dogs , Bolt and Panther, after RSPCA inspectors discovered horrifying conditions upon entering his Teesside home.

Heartbreak as heavily-pregnant dog covered in maggots dumped in cardboard box

Heartbreak as heavily-pregnant dog covered in maggots dumped in cardboard box

A heavily-pregnant dog covered in fleas and maggots was cruelly dumped in a cardboard box in Surrey (Image: RSPCA)“The vet team put her straight on a drip to get vital fluids into her little body.“A scan showed Penny was carrying six puppies.“Just a day after she was rescued, she gave birth, but very sadly none of the puppies survived.

Unwanted abandoned dog finds home with autistic woman feeling lonely

Unwanted abandoned dog finds home with autistic woman feeling lonely

Beauty has found a home with her new human Cheryl who is on the autism spectrum (Picture: RSPCA / SWNS)She said: ‘I will never forget the day this amazing dog came into my life.

40 animals are being dumped across the country every day in lockdown

40 animals are being dumped across the country every day in lockdown

It has received more than 112,000 calls from members of the public and there are now more than 4,600 animals in RSPCA care.A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘Although much of the country is in lockdown, sadly there are still thousands of animals who need our help, including abandoned pets.

Cooped up: is coronavius lockdown a good time to start keeping chickens?

Cooped up: is coronavius lockdown a good time to start keeping chickens?

But Smith, Scott-Norman and RSPCA’s scientific officer Dr Sarah Babington all warn that a backyard chicken coop is not an easy egg fix, if the supermarket runs low.

RSPCA launches emergency appeal to keep rescuers on frontline amid coronavirus outbreak

RSPCA launches emergency appeal to keep rescuers on frontline amid coronavirus outbreak

The RSPCA has launched an emergency appeal amid the coronavirus outbreak (Image: RSPCA) The charity is appealing for donations as it continues to rescue and care for animals during the pandemic (Image: RSPCA)“We are facing immense challenges and huge pressures on strained resources, but our hugely dedicated teams are out there dealing with emergencies and our centres continue to deliver vital care to thousands of animals, with more expected in the coming weeks.

Dog left with scars due to a too-tight muzzle finds a forever home

Dog left with scars due to a too-tight muzzle finds a forever home

‘I felt really sorry for her when I saw her scarring and heard her story,’ said Ben. Mercedes – now called Sadie – has found a forever home (Picture: RSPCA)‘I was really sympathetic to what she’d been through and I think that’s really made me persist and spend lots of time helping her to settle and learn to trust people again.

Quarantine companions: 'If you can give a pet a home whilst self-isolating it’s fabulous'

Quarantine companions: 'If you can give a pet a home whilst self-isolating it’s fabulous'

As shelters brace for fewer volunteers and more surrendered animals, Australians are being urged to consider adopting or fostering.As the Covid-19 crisis progresses, RSPCA shelters around Australia have had to change their hours and take a number of other steps to protect their employees, volunteers and animals.

A dog so badly treated he lost a leg is looking for a loving home

A dog so badly treated he lost a leg is looking for a loving home

Rocco’s leg was broken and had to be amputated (Picture: Jake McPherson / SWNS)Could you help Rocco trust people again and give him the love he deserves?But instead of taking the dog to a vet, Rocco’s owners left him to suffer and the RSPCA had to step in.

Dog who was set on fire and had his head ‘caved in’ by attackers makes miraculous recovery

Dog who was set on fire and had his head ‘caved in’ by attackers makes miraculous recovery

Bruce was rushed to surgery for his injuries (Picture: SWNS)RSPCA Inspector Sam Morris said about finding him: ‘I was absolutely gobsmacked at what I saw.

Britain's loneliest dog ooking for a home for 437 days after owner died

Britain's loneliest dog ooking for a home for 437 days after owner died

Diefer needs a home with experienced owners and no other pets or children (Picture: RSPCA/PA)Hayley says: ‘He would suit experienced owners who have an active lifestyle with lots of time to spend helping Diefer develop his education and training further.

RSPCA urges caution over buying puppies online after spate of deaths

RSPCA urges caution over buying puppies online after spate of deaths

The deaths come as the RSPCA says that complaints about illegal puppy farming have increased dramatically over the past 10 years and that 87% of current puppy trade calls are about animals purchased online.

12 animals longing for forever homes this Christmas after years in shelters

12 animals longing for forever homes this Christmas after years in shelters

(Picture: RSPCA)Seven-year-old Kitty Kat was extremely poorly when he arrived at the RSPCA’s Birmingham Animal Centre in February – 320 days ago.

Are Christmas trees poisonous to cats, dogs, rabbits and other pets?

Are Christmas trees poisonous to cats, dogs, rabbits and other pets?

Christmas trees aren’t a hazard to your cats and dogs by being poisonous, but the RSPCA advise that your pets only be allowed around the tree when supervised.

12 animals looking for their forever homes this Christmas

12 animals looking for their forever homes this Christmas

Meet Sparkle, the three-year-old Shih Tzu. Sparkle is just lovely (Picture: RSPCA)Sparkle – like the star on top of your tree – is described as being a ‘very sweet little dog’ with a lovely temperament.

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