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.

People should think twice before getting pets during lockdown, animal charities warn

People should think twice before getting pets during lockdown, animal charities warn

People should think twice before deciding to get a pet during the lockdown over coronavirus , animal charities have said.The animal charity has advised people who can only take a pet on while they are staying at home to consider fostering instead.

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.

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.

Dog rescued from a house fire changes colour after a much-needed bath

Dog rescued from a house fire changes colour after a much-needed bath

She was given a pet oxygen mask and helped to recover, but staff at Bristol Animal Rescue Centre were stunned to realise the dog isn’t actually grey – her fur is in fact a nice shade of light brown.

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.

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.

Wobbly dog Winston is looking for a steady home

Wobbly dog Winston is looking for a steady home

After numerous tests at the vet, it was found that Winston has an unusual double mutation of L2hga (or L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria) a debilitating genetic disease found in Staffies and some other breeds which can cause wobbly walking, fits or collapses, muscle cramps.

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.

Dog abandoned in church along with ‘I’m sorry’ note

Dog abandoned in church along with ‘I’m sorry’ note

A six-year-old dog was found abandoned inside a church in Lancashire with a note from his heartbroken owner saying: “I am so so so sorry.”.

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.

Puppy who was abandoned in a bin bag gets his forever home for Christmas

Puppy who was abandoned in a bin bag gets his forever home for Christmas

Percy is adorable (Picture: Laura Walters)Christmas has come early for one little puppy.Laura tells : ‘As soon as I heard what happened I felt like he deserved the best, and I knew he would love walking all day and sleeping on the sofa all night!

The Christmas foods you should not feed your pets at the dinner table

The Christmas foods you should not feed your pets at the dinner table

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) states that the consumption of large quantities of salt can cause pets to experience excessive thirst and urination, in addition to potential sodium poisoning.Onions, garlics, leeks, shallots and chives can prove toxic for animals, Maria Banica, a vet at Blue Cross pet charity, states.

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.

Sausage dog puppies named after Santa's reindeer need your help this Christmas

Sausage dog puppies named after Santa's reindeer need your help this Christmas

The RSPCA is asking for help to look after nine miniature Dachshund puppies, named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolf, as well as their mum, Olive.

Hunt for heartless gunman who SHOT mother dog twice in the head

Hunt for heartless gunman who SHOT mother dog twice in the head

SHOCKED animal crime investigators are hunting a gunman who shot a mother dog twice in the head after she had puppies.Vets say the extremely emaciated dog would have suffered considerably before she died and her body dumped in the field.

'Loneliest cat' faces another solo Christmas because no one wants to adopt him

'Loneliest cat' faces another solo Christmas because no one wants to adopt him

Toby, an 11-year-old black and white cat, has spent 322 days with the RSPCA after being taken in by their Canterbury branch on Christmas Eve 2018.“Toby’s former housemates were re-homed quite quickly,” explained Beth Hixson from the RSPCA Canterbury branch.

Obese pets: Millions of cats and dogs in the UK now considered overweight

Obese pets: Millions of cats and dogs in the UK now considered overweight

The rise in the number of obese pet cats and dogs in the UK is forcing vets to use heavy lifting equipment to avoid injury, figures show.