Special Information

Did you know:
If you have a pacemaker, you can put it in your Will to have your pacemaker donated to a dog in need after you pass. Pacemakers cannot be donated to another human, but they can be donated to dogs with cardiac issues who would depend on it to stay alive.
You can have the pacemaker brought to a vet of your choice. So many of those get thrown away and dogs die because people don’t know they can do this. It even saves the dog’s owner the cost of the actual pacemaker which sometimes means the difference in being able to afford lifesaving treatment or novt. 🐕 ❤️




Just a little warning regarding the Xmas treat many stores are now starting to stock for dogs at xmas.

Many of these so called treats end up with the dog “enjoying” some time in a veterinary surgery over Christmas. The vast majority of these rawhide products and treats come from China.

The chews are made from cattle or horse hides and their journey starts with the hides being soaked in a toxic sodium sulphide to remove the hair and fat. More chemicals are used in order to split the hide into layers which is then washed with hydrogen peroxide to give the white “pure” look and remove the rancid smell. Now comes the pretty festive colours and the glue to form cute shapes. On testing, these chews have shown traces of arsenic, mercury, chromium and formaldehyde.

If that wasn’t bad enough, they regularly cause intestinal blockages, poisoning from chemical residue and choking. The chews go slippery when wet and are near impossible to get hold of to save a choking dog.

Leave them in the shop where they belong or if some well meaning person buys them for your dog put them safely away for later, then dispatch in the bin!

Please be safe with your dogs!!!


Another problem caused by deforestation


Video from Lost Souls Sanctuary



Joseph Whittam: terrier abuser who keeps offending

Repeat animal abuser, Joseph Whittam, has been jailed for a second time after his address was raided. Whittam was banned from keeping animals for life in 2018 after gruesome footage was found on his phone, where he encouraged his dogs to rip a cat to pieces.

The video was described as “blood curdling” by the RSPCA. Other videos, found on his phone at the same time, showed the dogs attacking a fox and a gerbil. At the time, Whittam was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison.

In April 2021, Whittam’s home was raided during a joint investigation by Lancashire Police and the RSPCA. Whittam was suspected of keeping animals, in breach of the disqualification order. LancsLivereported:

“When officers visited the property, they discovered three dogs and four ferrets…

A woman at the address claimed to own three dogs who were found at the home while Whittam admitted owning the ferrets. He was told to rehome them immediately.

After gathering evidence, Whittam was summoned with offences relating to breaching his ban in connection with the ferrets and for keeping a dog.”

The dog, known as Thugly, had suffered injuries to his face after an encounter with a wild animal, and Whittam had failed to provide veterinary treatment to him. On 20 January 2023, Whittam was sentenced for four offences under the Animal Welfare Actafter he pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial. He was imprisoned for 23 weeks for two offences of causing unnecessary suffering to the terrier in his care, and for two breaches of his disqualification order.

How did Thugly receive his latest injuries?

It’s unclear how Thugly the terrier received the injuries to his face. Reports state that Thugly had “an encounter” with another animal. It’s very likely that Thugly was set upon an animal in order to fight him or her. Of course, we won’t ever know if the animal survived the ordeal.

Protect The Wild has previously reported on how terriers like Thugly are used in the cruel bloodsport of badger baiting. Dogs are sent into badger setts to hold an animal at bay. Humans then dig the badger out of the sett, and the dogs tear the poor creature apart. More than 10,000 badgers are killed by baiting every year in this country, and dogs often suffer severe injuries when forced to fight. Just like Whittam, badger baiters often don’t get their dogs’ injuries treated, for fear of being reported to the police by the vet.

Repeat offending

Whittam’s first 22-week imprisonment, back in 2018, clearly didn’t deter him at all. His latest sentence is also unlikely to do so. People who force their terriers to fight other animals are often never caught, and if they are arrested and found guilty – whether under the Animal Welfare Act or the Protection of Badgers Act – their sentences in prison are usually just weeks. Take the four men who were convicted in 2019 of badger baiting after an undercover BBC reporter filmed them torturing badgers, for example. Despite all the footage, as well as the public exposure, three of the men received sentences of between 22 and 26 weeks, while one escaped prison.

These low sentences for murdering a sentient being are laughable if we compare them to other crimes. And they’re even more laughable if we take in the fact that people like Whittam will certainly get out of prison in half the length of the sentence, or even less.

Sentencing Council guidelines read:

“For sentences of less than two years the offender will be released at the halfway point of the sentence and will then be on licence for the remainder of the sentence and may be recalled to prison if they breach the conditions of their licence.”

People imprisoned under animal welfare offences can be released even quicker than this on a home detention curfew (HDC), where they’re electronically tagged and a curfew is imposed. The charity Pact explains that:

“HDC lasts a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 3 months for those serving less than 12 months, and a maximum of 4 and a half months for those serving 12 months to 4 years. Those serving between 3 and 4 months become eligible for HDC after 1 month in custody. Those serving 4 to 8 months become eligible after serving a quarter of their sentence and those serving more than 8 months and less than 4 years become eligible 4 and a half months before their automatic or conditional release date. Time spent on remand counts towards eligibility.”

So under these rules, someone serving six months in prison, such as the badger baiters mentioned earlier in the article, could potentially be released on tag after 1.5 months. It’s unclear as to whether Whittam would be granted release in such a short time because his previous conviction will be taken into account.

Contact your local hunt monitors and saboteurs

Protect The Wild and other organisations, such as the Badger Trust, are calling for stiffer punishments for those convicted under the Protection of Badgers Act. Meanwhile, if you are out in nature and see people acting suspiciously with terriers, especially around badger setts, contact your local hunt saboteur, wildlife defence or animal welfare group.

Featured image of Thugly via RSPCA



There was a cat, Jenny, who was one of the Titanic’s cat. She had her kittens onboard in Belfast. But when they got to the stop before heading to New York, she took her kittens off the boat and did not get back on.
You can read about her below…or by googling cat on Titanic.
Perhaps, that’s what this picture by artist Celia Pike, is of…Jenny and her babies watching the last sailing of the Titanic.

Artist: Celia Pike

“The Titanic Cat – Jenny’s Story
In the wee hours of the morning between April 14th and April 15th 1912 the queen of the White Star Line, the unsinkable Titanic, did indeed sink into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland. Countless human and animal lives were lost, but what about Jenny, the Titanic cat?

As the story goes …
Jenny was brought aboard the Titanic from her sister ship, the Olympia, to act as mascot and to help with the rodent control. She lived in the underbelly of the ship (or the kitchen depending on which story you read) and was tended to by a stoker named Jim Mulholland. He would frequently sneak table scraps for her.

Work was difficult to find in those days and Jim Mulholland had been temporary help on the Titanic during the ship’s sailing trials from the Irish Sea to Southampton. When he was offered a full time position for the Titanic’s maiden voyage to New York he was thrilled to have the employment.

During those sailing trials, about a week before the Titanic moored in Southampton, Jenny presented Jim and the Titanic with a litter of kittens. Jim made Jenny a comfortable spot where she could tend to her kittens. Looking after the mama cat and her kittens broke the monotony of Jim’s work. Jenny seemed content with her warm spot by the furnaces, her babies and her kitchen scraps from Jim.

However, as soon as the ship docked at Southampton Jenny had a good look at her surroundings and promptly started picking her kittens up by the scruff of their necks and moving them, one by one, down the gangplank and off the ship.

Jim watched her curiously and decided that this cat must know something that no one else knows!

He promptly packed his meagre belongings and departed the ship himself.

Truth or Titanic legend? Some other reports have Jenny and her kittens perishing with the Titanic, but the cat lover in me … I like Jim Mulholland’s story so I vote truth!

Years later the Irish Times ran Jenny’s story after a reporter spoke to an elderly man who related the tale. Was he Jim Mulholland himself or just someone with whom Jim shared his story? We may never know. A Daily Mirror edition from April of 1912 ran an article with the headline “Clever Mother Cat Saves Her Kittens from the Titanic” accompanied with the following picture. Is this Jenny’s litter? Again, we may never know.”

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This literally makes me laugh x I get them completely is this wrong 😂😂😂



Electric shock dog collars to be banned in England after the 10-year fight by campaigners
Controversial shock collars for dogs will be banned from early next year, sparing half a million dogs from the painful devices which inflict pain for up to 11 seconds
England has banned the use of electric dog collars saving half a million dogs from the painful device.
The new legislation will come into effect from February 1 next year following a ten-year campaign to ban shock collars.



About The Puppy Contract

The Puppy Contract logo

The Puppy Contract was developed by the Animal Welfare Foundation and the RSPCA and is now owned and managed by the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF).

In response to growing concerns about welfare in dog breeding, the Dog Breeding Stakeholder Group was formed in 2008. Comprising the Animal Welfare FoundationRSPCAAPGAW, Blue Cross, British Veterinary Association, DEFRA, Dogs Trust, The Kennel Club and the PDSA, the group sought to look at ways they could work together to address issues relating to dog breeding – and from that The Puppy Contract came into being.

The Puppy Contract has been designed as a tool to encourage the responsible breeding and buying of puppies – ensuring buyers have all of the information they need to make an informed decision when buying a puppy and allowing responsible breeders to set themselves apart by demonstrating the care and attention they have put into breeding puppies with the best chance of being happy and healthy.

The principles that underpin The Puppy Contract are:

  • Every dog should be born with the best possible chance of living a healthy and happy life.
  • All those who breed dogs should prioritise health, welfare and temperament over appearance to protect the welfare of both the parents and offspring.
  • All those who benefit from dogs have a collective responsibility to work together to protect dog welfare.
  • Both the buyer and breeder have an obligation to protect the welfare of the animals in their care.

The Puppy Contract is free to use by anyone who is breeding puppies – whether a one off litter or licensed  breeders.


The most heart warming rescue you have seen – Watch this video:

The Wetterhoun dog breed so rare the first ever litter has just been born in the UK

A Dorchester family has welcomed an extremely rare litter of puppies – the first ever to be born in the UK.

Wetterhouns are one of the world’s rarest dog breeds, with an estimated worldwide population of around 1,000.

The breed is originally from the Netherlands, having first appeared more than 400 years ago.

A few years ago, Nicky and Mike from Dorchester joined a program to introduce the breed to the UK.

The litter of eight puppies, born on 5 April, is the first ever to be born in the UK and triples the current population.

The puppies are some of the rarest in the world as the breed was badly affected by the Second World WarCredit: ITV News

Nicky told ITV News West Country: “We are very keen for these lovely dogs to be better known, and they are very lovely family dogs. They have got their own nature, they are a little bit quirky but they are very friendly.

“They’re basically farm dogs but when we had the Second World War of course the Netherlands was very badly affected and the number of dogs declined very dramatically, so the Dutch Club started a breeding programme to make sure that the race of dogs would be preserved.”

The couple bought their first Wetterhoun, Aafke, back in 2020 and she has since been through and passed a series of health and conformation tests.

Last summer, Nicky began scouring the whole of Europe for a suitable male for the puppies she hoped would be born in the UK.

She found the perfect match in six-year-old Wetterhoun Jappie, who lived more than 450 miles away in Heteren, West Holland.

The puppies are some of the rarest in the world as the breed was badly affected by the Second World WarCredit: ITV News

Hannah Woods, the breeding advisor for Wetterhouns in the UK, said: “With such a rare breed, we almost have to take a conservationist approach to breeding and making sure the genetics are sound is absolutely vital.

“Before being allowed to breed from any Wetterhoun, the dog needs approval from two expert judges and has to pass a series of health tests. In addition, all planned matings are scrutinised by a dedicated panel of breed experts before given the green light.

“This is a comprehensive process that helps ensure puppies are healthy, and it promotes genetic diversity across the population.”

Although there is already a waiting list for these special puppies, Nicky is looking for a very particular home for one of them.

She said she is interested in hearing from people who might be up for the challenge of having their own litter of Wetterhoun puppies one day to continue to breed a healthy population.

Anyone who might be interested in a Wetterhoun puppy should contact Jane Moss at the UK Stabyhoun Association on [email protected]


RIP Paul O’Grady

Hi mummy it’s me Kevin, i havent written for ages because we have been so busy here at rainbow bridge welcoming lots of new friends, we have also welcomed some new hooman angels to help look after us in the Hollow.

We are so loved up here and never go short of anything, I know I never went short of anything on earth, but it’s different up here. When I was with you I knew nothing but love but on rainbow Bridge I have had to learn not every animal has the same life on earth.

Once they come up here, we try to make them feel special and loved. We give them warmth comfort and a gentle touch of our noses and paws to help them settle.

Many of my friends have been reunited with their hoomans but they have chosen to all stay at our Hollow with their hooman too, as we are reunited with our hoomans, we make sure we are the first to greet them at the gate to give them big sloppy kisses to say hello, if a new animal friend comes to join us then I will run over the fields and meadows to greet them and then take them back and introduce them to everybody. I show them all the best spots for playing, snoozing and snaffling snosdidges from the hooman angels.

Yesterday though something very different happened. Busters ears pricked up early and he started to wag his tail, this was very quickly followed by many others, but what struck me was it was most of my friends who never had hooman love on earth. As Buster picked up speed running to the gates to greet his hooman, running over the fields and meadows to get there as quickly as his paws would let him, so did so many others. I have never seen such a rush to head to the gates, I knew it must be special.

We all decided to make our way to the sidelines so we could see what was happening and why the mad rush, surely no hooman was so special to get this welcome. It all went silent as everybody stopped, no barking, no stomping but loads of wagging tails and excited faces, but most of all Buster was so giddy.

The big golden gates slowly opened and in walked this tall silver haired man, we all gasped, not quite believing our eyes and paws. It was busters daddy, Paul O’Grady. Buster was so excited, something about 2009, this was a long time before I had even been born, but Buster hadn’t seen his hooman since 2009 and now they were back in each others arms. But then came the barking, the howling and the clapping of our paws. I then understood what was happening.

Many of my friends had told Buster how his daddy had also helped them, often he showed them a gentle touch and showed them what love was.

Paul is a truly amazing daddy to so many animals who never knew love, he helped them to grow and taught them not all hoomans are bad.

Last night we had the biggest pawty we have ever had to welcome Paul, he was also reunited with some of his hooman friends too.

Today we feel like a massive family and the atmosphere is amazing and Paul is so kind and gentle, he is giving us all kisses and cuddles, and so many belly rubs, he is keeping tight watch over the snossidges though, but our appealing eyes just win him over everytime, we may even run out soon if we carry on like this, but he is such a softy with us and I know now we will be well and truly spoilt until we meet again.

I will keep wagging my tail on that heart of yours until its my turn to head to the gates to meet you.

Wags and kisses

Woof Kevin ❤🧡💛💚💙💜🩷


Shelter Gives Woman’s Missing Cat Away to Another Family – and Now They Won’t Give it Back!

UNITED KINGDOM – When Marine Coucoulis discovered that her beloved cat Booba had been found more than four months after it had gone missing, she was naturally delighted.

However, her joy quickly turned to anguish when she was told Booba had been re-homed with another family – despite being the fact the cat was fitted with a microchip which should have allowed Ms. Coucoulis to be traced as the rightful owner.

Marine Coucoulis and her cat Booba

Marine Coucoulis and her cat Booba

Ms. Coucoulis is now accusing the RSPCA of failing to make enough effort to establish Booba’s rightful owner before the four-year-old animal was handed to someone else.

The case comes just after a microchipping database told a distraught family that the Data Protection Act prevented them from revealing just who had their missing cat in their possession.

Karen Young, who is 41, and her daughter Carmen, who is 11, were eventually reunited with their Bengal cat Tigger last week after its new keepers read of their plight

Booba went missing more towards the end of March, leaving Ms. Coucoulis, a French-born business analyst, “heartbroken”.

Over the course of the following months, Ms. Coucoulis continued to search for any clues to his whereabouts, until one day she just happened to stumble upon an old RSPCA posting on the Pets Located website, dated May 24, with a photograph of Booba, announcing it had been found.

Delighted, she of course, rang the person who had put up the notice – only to be told the cat had been re-homed nearly three weeks earlier

Ms. Coucoulis, who is 24, stated: “I was so happy when I read the posting saying that my cat had been found close to where I live and that he was safe and well. I had missed him so much.

“But when I asked when I could come and pick Booba up they told me he had already been given to a new family. How could that happen when he was microchipped? It was awful.”

Ms. Coucoulis was told that Booba had indeed been found, looking hungry and severely ragged, around two months after it had gone missing – just three streets from her home in Cricklewood, north-west London.

The person who found the cat called the RSPCA, who took it to the shelter’s north London clinic in Finchley for treatment, prior to handing it over to Cats Protection, one of the UK’s biggest animal shelters, for re-homing.

Booba has been with a different family despite the cat having a microchip

Booba has been with a different family despite the cat having a microchip

Ms. Coucoulis was told that within a few weeks of being found, Booba had been adopted out to new owners, who naturally grew fond of it.

She was absolutely horrified and claims that the RSPCA failed to make any serious attempt to trace her from the microchip details under which she registered Booba.

All of the confusion arose because Booba was registered in France, through a French animal database.

However, Ms. Coucoulis maintains that the RSPCA and Cat Protection should have been able to tell from the first few numbers of Booba’s unique 15-digit microchip registration code, which was true was the case.

She claimed that both organizations completely failed to check with Europetnet, a Europe-wide database which collates details of where pets are registered.

“The RSPCA and Cats Protection said they couldn’t find any contact or ownership details on Booba’s microchip number, but they weren’t doing their job properly,” she stated.

If they had checked his number with Europetnet they would have seen he was registered in France and been able to find my contact details that way. What is the point of having a pet microchipped if this happens when you move countries with it?”

The matter became even more confusing and frustrating when Cats Protection approached Booba’s new owners on Ms. Coucoulis’s behalf, to see if they would be prepared to return him to her.

However, the family – whose identities could not be revealed to her due to data protection laws – simply refused, saying they had already grown attached to the cat. They even registered it with a new name, which Duke, ‘under its existing microchip’.

Ms. Coucoulis, who moved from Paris to London with her cat 18 months ago, stated: “They say they can’t bear to give him up. But they have had him for only two weeks. I had Booba for four years, from when he was just three months old.

“I miss him so much. How can they say they are now the rightful owners now? It is like stealing him from me.”

The RSPCA took Booba to the charity’s north London clinic in Finchley for treatment, before handing it over to Cats Protection for re-homing

The RSPCA took Booba to the charity’s north London clinic in Finchley for treatment, before handing it over to Cats Protection for re-homing

The RSPCA admitted to Ms. Coucoulis that there might have been an element of “human error” in its search for Booba’s owner and has agreed to “look into this further”.

However, the shelter has stated that its staff did check two different databases, including one which is a member of Europetnet, and were told there was no registered owner.

An RSPCA spokesman stated: “This is a very upsetting situation and we are extremely sympathetic.

“We saved this cat’s life, nursed him back to health, and during the seven weeks he was cared for in our hospital we actively searched for an owner by putting up posters, advertising him online and checking his microchip.”

Cats Protection, which each year reunites around 3,000 lost cats with their original owners, explained that it had no powers to force Booba’s new keepers to give him up.

A spokesman for the shelter stated: “We checked a number of microchip databases without success, so by the time Marine got in touch with us on July 25 Booba had been adopted.

“Unfortunately, we have no powers to compel the new owners to return Booba to Marine. We have been in contact with them to make them aware of the situation and will continue to offer to work with both parties in the hope of finding a solution.”

Both organizations are urging pet owners to make sure their animals’ microchip details are kept up to date and to register them with a database if they have moved here from abroad



Thinking about getting a Doodle, Cockapoo or any Poodle mix?

This is a shared post written by a dog groomer I thought it interesting and informative.

Thinking about getting a Doodle, Cockapoo or any Poodle mix? Have you been told they “don’t need grooming until 1yrs old” or “coat maintenance is easy”?
*PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING piece written by a the pic that’s known as a pelted coat /Pelting. A dog’s fur gets so matted & tangled it will come off in one piece. It’s outs tension on the skin, can damage the skin causing horrible infections and sometimes renders the dog helpless ,unable to move and it can then cause fatality

Poodle crosses (cockapoos, doodles, maltipoos etc.) are not “easy breeds” to maintain. The photo attached (shared from another groomer) shows how matting forms at the skin. By looking at this dog’s top coat, you may not see the knots and you may not feel them as you would a knot on the ends of the fur but under that fluffy top layer this is going on. Once it starts its very difficult/ impossible to brush out… and even if you could it would be cruel to put the dog through it. Maintenance at home has to be more than a quick once over for these dogs if you want to keep them in that fluffy coat which was probably one of the reasons you chose a poodle cross in the first place. You really need to sit down with a brush and then a metal comb and make sure you can get it through the entire body at least 2 to 3 times a week.

I often feel like owners don’t believe groomers when they say their dog has to be clipped very short. I always hear “I know he/she is matted, but leave as much as you can”. You cannot clip through matting, you can only clip under it. As this photo shows, clipping under the matting means taking the coat back to the skin.
I promise you, your groomer really doesn’t want to do this but they won’t hurt your dog by putting it through dematting, they also don’t want to hurt their reputation when the clients go around complaining about how the last groomer “scalped” their dog but there really is not any alternative. Instead of being angry with your groomer if they clip your dog very short please respect their commitment to do what is in your dog’s best interest, accept responsibility for not having brushed your dog properly at home, and work with your groomer because, together, you can prevent this happening again. All groomers will be very happy to demonstrate a technique called line brushing which will help make your grooming at home more effective. Just ask! We all want owners to know how to do this

Poodle crosses are easily one of the highest maintenance dogs in reference to their coats. The combination of the soft coat they are mixing poodles with these days is a coat that is extremely prone to matting.

If you like a fluffy pup, you probably need to consider no more than 3-5 week intervals between grooming and set aside time for regular brushing AND combing at home.

Please know, if you bathe your poodle cross you really need to blow dry and brush out right after. Moisture, be it a bath, rain, swimming, snow etc are all going to make matting worse. If you know your dog is already matted– bathing is only going to make it worse! Brush out before the bath.

Lastly “breeders” who say these dogs can’t or shouldn’t be clipped and not to give them a hair cut until they are one year old are misleading potential owners in order to sell puppies and setting them up for a sad day when they finally take their pup to the groomer!!!

If this hasn’t put you off buying one please schedule your puppy’s first groom immediately after they’ve had their vaccinations and then be prepared to do the maintenance at home between regular professional grooms.


Buying and caring for a puppy – a guide

Date published: 04 December 2018

Deciding whether to get a puppy or dog is a big decision. It is advisable, before purchasing a puppy, to give it proper thought and to carry out some research.

Anyone who decides to get a dog becomes responsible for that animal and will need to know about the legal requirements of owning a dog.


The contents are laid out as follows:

Part 1 (Decisions to make) of this reference document (pages 4 to 8) sets out information on:

  • the importance of research, before deciding to buy a puppy/dog
  • finding the right dog breed
  • deciding where to get your new puppy/dog
  • finding a healthy, happy dog
  • collecting your new dog and bringing it home
  • helping your new dog settle-in to its new home
  • understanding dog behaviour

Part 2 (Responsibilities of dog owners) of this reference document (pages 9 to 11) sets out responsibilities that dog owners have, regarding:

  • licensing the dog
  • keeping the dog under proper control
  • meeting the welfare needs of the dog



All dog warden phone numbers

It is the Local Authority (Council) who is responsible for found dogs, for assistance you need to contact the Local Authority for the geographical area where you found the dog.

Although the Local Authority has a mandatory responsibility for found dogs, each one operates in its own way, some have drop-off points (kennels and vets) whilst others will collect from you.

Some Police stations will take the dog from you and hold it until the Local Authority dog warden collects it, but this is unusual.

The RSPCA does not cater for found dogs.

In all likelihood you will have to hold onto the dog for a short while, once you have found a dog you have a duty of care to look after it.

Each Local Authority has to keep a dog register of all the dogs they have seized so that owners can be reunited with them, if you have lost a dog this is a good place to start to find it, don’t be fobbed off, by law they have to keep a list.

Below is a list of contact numbers, If you discover any of these to be incorrect please email us at [email protected] in order that we may make corrections.



Doggos & Puppers

“She was 18. Her people, who loved her whole life, took her, a vaccination booklet, a leash, a collar and her belongings and took her to the Baldwin Park shelter. They said they were tired of fighting with an older dog, signed papers and left, without even looking at her.

When she was picked up by a volunteer at the shelter, she leaned on him probably wishing it was all just an ugly dream.

The moment was immortalized by photographer John Hwang, who was in the shelter at the time.

Unfortunately, dogs love sincerely, with all their heart, with all their soul and are unable to understand that human ‘love forever’ most often has an expiration date.. – to annual, to moving, to illness, to old age…

Dogs definitely deserve better people!”

Credit: Stuart James



Dog owner’s plea after chihuahua mauled to death by greyhound on beach

A woman has made an emotional plea to fellow dog owners after her chihuahua was mauled to death by a greyhound on a beach.

Pixie was attacked by a greyhound at Croy beach, near Ayr, after being ripped out of her harness while in her owner’s arms

The owner took to social media where she revealed Pixie, her mother’s five-year-old chihuahua, was ripped out of her arms by an unleashed dog at Croy beach, Ayrshire, last weekend.

The dog was mauled by the greyhound and later died of her injuries, leaving the family “heartbroken and traumatised”.

She has now taken to Facebook and pleaded to fellow owners to keep their pet “on a lead if they can’t control it” – saying Pixie died at her “happy place” because a dog could not be properly controlled.

The post read: “A message to all dog owners – keep your dog on a lead in public places if you can’t control it or if it does not have good recall.

“Last weekend my mums chihuahua, Pixie, was mauled and killed by a greyhound who was off lead at Croy beach. My mum had Pixie on a lead and had picked her up when she saw the dog charging towards them.

“The greyhound ripped Pixie out of her harness from my mum’s arms.

“We lost our beautiful girl, she was only five-years-old. We are absolutely heartbroken. Our lives have been turned upside down all because of an owner who couldn’t properly control or call back their dog.

“My mum has been left traumatised and so has her other chihuahua who was there during the attack. They can no longer go a walk without feeling unsafe around other dogs.

“If you see an owner put their dog on a lead when they see your dog, or if their dog is already on a lead and you can see the owner actively avoiding the route you and your dog are taking – keep your dog on a lead and at a distance until you have passed.

“There are reasons why they do not want to be near your dog – e.g. trauma.

“Pixie was sweet, fun, cheeky, loyal and incredibly loving. The beach was her happy place. You were and always will be so, so loved, our little princess.”



Doberman found under rubble in Turkey after 28 days

Yesterday a Doberman named Sila was found under rubble in Turkey after 28 days. Under the rubble she gave birth to three puppies, which she had protected and kept alive. Her lifeline was a bag of dog food that had been left in the area where she was trapped. She is skin and bones but a WINNER!!!❤️

photo: Expat Guide Turkey
Translated by Google Translate




** SCAMMER – NEW person/people

No caller ID – Saying they were RSPCA

They asked who I was, they had my two Chihuahuas

I asked if they would like to give me their RSPCA branch and officer number for our records

He then was saying he couldn’t hear what I was saying and he’d have to call back 😢

I spoke to a male, but there was a female in the background. Someone from another search and rescue group had similar conversation last night and tonight with a female

Don’t give them any details about your dogs, don’t pay any money or agree to meet them

Suggest asking that they email you with photo of your dog, from their official email address with full details

Ask for a number to call them back on – then check with RSPCA if they give you one

RSPCA (England & Wales)



Cumbria farmer warns dog owners after 28 lambs died

Sheep farmer Nicola RobinsonSheep farmer Nicola Robinson had to deal with 28 dead lambs

A sheep farmer who found dozens of lambs “drowned and suffocated” after a suspected dog attack has urged owners to keep their pets on a lead.

Nicola Robinson made the discovery of 28 dead lambs on her farm in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, in 2022.

Attacks on livestock, or sheep worrying, have gone up by 65% in the region in the past year, according to insurance company NFU Mutual.

The lambs had “tried to escape” but ended up in a stream, Ms Robinson said.

“[They] tried to get into the next field, and then were all piled up here, drowned and suffocated.

“It was quite upsetting at the time – me and my son were screaming and shouting and crying at each other.”

A farmCumbria sheep farmer Trevor Wilson experienced a dog attack on his farm last week

Ms Robinson, who has about 400 lambs and makes her own sheep milk cheese, said the financial impact had been enormous.

“Each sheep would produce about 500 and 1,000 pints a year, for cheese value for the 28 lambs that would equate to £40,000.

“I can only presume they were chased by something as they must have been chased to end up in a pile. It was most likely a dog.”

Another farmer in the town, Trevor Wilson, said his flock was affected by an incident of sheep worrying on Thursday.

“We’ve had one [lamb] aborted, one [ewe] was knocked out against a wall, it’s actually come round but I would think the chances of it having live lambs is very small,” he said.

Trevor Wilson, sheep farmer
Trevor Wilson, sheep farmer, has also faced problems

“We’re just asking people to take care when in the countryside, keep dogs on a lead.”

NFU Mutual said livestock attacks were now costing farmers in the North West £180,000 per year.

Rebecca Davidson, rural affairs specialist at the insurers, said that even small dogs can cause “stress and exhaustion”.



‘Devastated’ Margate family facing £4000 vet bill after ‘beautiful’ cat was shot

Oreo needs complex surgery to remove a pellet in his spine.

A family say they have been left devastated and are now facing a £4,000 bill to save their cat’s life after it was shot twice in Kent.

Black and white cat Oreo was found in an alleyway in Grotto Road in Margate, unable to move.

The family initially thought he’d been run over, but x-rays at a local vets revealed two ‘bullets’ lodged in the cat – one in his shoulder and the other in his spine.

Vets have said the pellet in Oreo’s spine is going to require ‘complex surgery’ to remove  it, followed by physiotherapy.

Owner Jodie Gower, 33, of Brockley Road, Margate, said Oreo is her autistic son’s cat and “whoever did this to a harmless cat is pure evil”.

Oreo’s family say the pellet is pressing on his spinal cord and will need complex surgery to remove it.Credit: Jodie Gower

“Oreo is my son Elliott’s best friend and I haven’t told him yet exactly what happened,” Jodie said.

“Because of his autism he will find it difficult to understand.”

The family has set up a fund raiser to try and raise the money needed for Oreo’s surgery.

Posting online Jodie said: “Our beautiful cat Oreo is only 2 years old and was shot!! and now needs life saving surgery or we will have to have him put to sleep.

“The bullet is pressing on his spinal cord and without the removal of the bullet we will have to have him put to sleep

“We are told we are looking at about £4000 and that is something we just can’t afford.

“Anything you can donate will help us so much and bring our cat home to our boy.”



Waterford man says he would live in a tent rather than give up on dog who ‘saved’ his life

John believes his German Shepherd Micah “saved his life” after she alerted him to his heart issue

A Waterford man has vowed he would sooner “live in a tent” than give up on the dog who he says saved his life.

John Kelly has been told his German Shepherd Micah can no longer live at his council-owned home as she is a restricted breed.

However, John has insisted he is “not giving up on her”.

Waterford City and County Council have told John he must re-home Micah but he is doing all he can to keep the “gentle” dog.

The Kilmacthomas native spoke to from the hospital, where he is awaiting an angiogram of his heart.

It is the stress of the situation that has brought him there, he says.

John’s three-year-old dog Micah – who he describes as “a family member” – was the one who first alerted him to his heart issues last year.

John, believing the pain he was feeling was related to a decades-old car crash injury, recalled how Micah, “started whining and pushing into my chest one night, pushing and pushing with her paws.

“I must have fallen asleep on the couch, and when I woke up from Micah still pushing me into the chest, the pain was different. I knew something was wrong.”

John went to hospital, where he had “a widow-maker heart attack” shortly after arriving.

“I don’t think I’d have survived without her,” he says. “She saved my life.”

His heart function sat at just 15% of its full capacity, with an ICD defibrillator fitted to keep it pumping.

Shortly after his heart attack, John was offered a council house in his local town, where he then learned his two German Shepherds would have to go.

“It broke my heart,” he recalls, describing how he rehomed 10-month-old Max and his adored pet Micah.

“She was too stuck on me,” he said, revealing she wouldn’t eat and couldn’t fully warm to her new owners.

“I took her back,” John explained. “I told all the residents in the area, all the locals, asking them and letting them know that I would be bringing her home.

No one had any issue. I am a responsible dog-owner and an animal lover, I follow the rules for keeping a restricted breed.

“I have her microchipped, I have a secure back garden and have a collar on her, I have her on a tight lead and have her muzzled whenever I walk her in a public place.”

John – who runs an animal welfare group on social media – says there was never any complaints about his dog until antisocial behaviour began to increase in his area.

John had his windscreen smashed a few months ago, and said concerns about drug-dealing and loud parties in the area prompted him to have a doorbell camera installed.

John had his windscreen smashed a few months ago, and said concerns about drug-dealing and loud parties in the area prompted him to have a doorbell camera installed.

After that, he believes he has been the target of “intimidation,” as “silly complaints” about his dog were made to the council and later, the ISPCA.

John says that despite having a companionship letter from his GP, he has been told by the council that Micah has to go.

“She needs me as much as I need her,” he explained, describing how he was rushed to Cork University Hospital last weekend after receiving “worrying” ECG results.

Again, it was Micah’s concern that set off alarm bells for John.

“I was with my dad having a cup of tea when Micah started pushing her head into me and whinging,” he said, admitting he thought “surely” the same problem couldn’t be happening again.

“My dad was taking her on a walk, but she wouldn’t move from the driveway. She wouldn’t go without me.

“It was as if she was telling him that she needs to stay close to me.”

John has been in hospital since, having been moved to Waterford University Hospital after urgent concerns about his health were raised on Saturday.

He is waiting for an angiogram, and perhaps further stents in his heart.

“It is stress-related,” John said. “It is the stress of not knowing what to do, I am not giving up on her. She is part of the family and I will not back down.

“I would leave my home before I leave her. I would live in a tent before I leave that dog.”

A petition to support John currently has over 600 signatures.

A spokesperson for Waterford County Council told

“While Waterford City and County Council cannot comment on individual cases, the keeping of restricted breeds is strictly prohibited by the terms of any Tenancy Agreement, which all tenants must sign and is also contained within the Tenants Handbook.”

They added: “Those breeds listed in Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs) Regulations 1998 are strictly prohibited and include American Pit Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Ban dog (cross between American Pit Bull Terrier and Mastiff), Dobermann Pinscher, German Shepherd (Alsatian), Japanese Akita/ American Akita, Japanese Tosa, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Cross-breeds of these dogs or crosses of these dogs with any other breed are also banned.”


Dogs were starved in South London flat to ‘stop them going to the toilet’

The dogs were starved because
the owners wanted to stop them going to  the toilet in their flatCredit: BPM Media

A pair of ‘hoarders’ have been banned from keeping animals for life after they starved four dogs as they did not want them to go to the toilet in their South London flat.

Shuman Rashid, 49, and Suzanne Wimbledon, 42, neglected their dogs to the extent that they were so emaciated they could barely walk.

Alarm bells rang on March 7 last year when Zsa Zsa, a Great Dane, died in an animal hospital after she collapsed in an emaciated state.

Nine days later police and RSPCA inspectors attended the owner’s flat in Woolwich where they found a husky-type dog called Rocky and a Staffie cross called Kiko in similarly neglected states.

‘Easily feel bones’

RSPCA Inspector Natasha Wallis said: “The small flat appeared to be that of a hoarder’s property. There were multiple boxes stacked on top of one another, with little room to manoeuvre inside.

“When I stroked Rocky along his back and sides, I could easily feel the bones along his spine, hips and rib cage indicating he was significantly underweight. He appeared wobbly and weak when walking.

“Kiko had little space to move inside a small cage which only contained a blanket.”

RSPCA Inspector Harriet Daliday said that she was told by a vet that Rashid said he “did not feed his dogs the correct amount to stop them defecating inside the flat”.

The dogs live in what appeared to be a hoarders’ flatCredit: BPM Media

Another dog, a Neopolitan Mastiff called Kali, had been rehomed to a new owned by Rashid in January last year. Vet records showed all four dogs had been neglected.

A vet testified in court: “Kali was never a healthy weight from August 2018 until January 2022, when she was reportedly rehomed.

“While Zsa Zsa recorded the lowest possible body condition score between July 2021 up to March 2022 when she died from emaciation.”

Rashid and Wimbledon were instructed to feed the dogs more but claimed it “made the dogs produce more faeces”.

The vet added: “They frequently went against veterinary advice and frequently missed arranged appointments to check the weights of both dogs.

“The dogs attended all their appointments with coats on, even during the summer months, presumably to hide the fact they were severely underweight.”

The flat was packed with items and boxes piled highCredit: BPM Media

The pair appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court for sentencing. Rashid had pleaded guilty to five offences under the Animal Welfare Act while Wimbledon pleaded guilty to five.

In mitigation, the pair claimed they had done their “incompetent best for the four dogs” but both have disabilities – Rashid has a back injury and Wimbledon is deaf.

The pair were handed 12-week prison sentences which were suspended for 12 months. They were also banned from keeping animals for life.

Speaking after the sentencing, Inspector Wallis said: “It was daily torture for these poor dogs to be kept in this flat – they were being starved in what appeared to be a hoarder’s property.

“Three of the dogs became emaciated and the other was confined to a cage.

“The defendants were repeatedly told to increase the dogs’ intake of food, but they didn’t and that is why Zsa Zsa died.

“But not only did they physically suffer from being starved but also mentally as they had no stimulation as they were confined in a small property for days on end, which would have been extremely depressing for the dogs.

“Since they have come into our care, Rocky has put on weight and has returned to a healthy condition. Kiko was a nervous and anxious dog, but thanks to the care and attention of staff at our animal centre he has really come out of himself.”



So True

Can’t take him to the beach for a walk because he bothers you and messes with the holiday… I’m not allowed to rent a house if I have a dog, and I can’t take him. 

However, I can take him to the rubble to find you after an earthquake, in the woods after you get lost in the mountains and you didn’t have neither map nor gps; under snow because you made a detour not allowed off track; in the water because, despite the red flag, you have entered the sea and your life is in danger! And finally ….
It’s just a dog, but it will find you.
And it will save you!!!


Bolton Council – Shocking!!

This morning I am calling out Bolton Council.….

Why they bother to have a cleansing department is beyond me.

There was a post shared on Facebook 3 days ago regarding a deceased fur baby being on St. Peter’s way in Bolton.
Claire Louise Barron went out to assess the position of the baby and it was decided the council should be called.

Bolton council decided the baby could stay where she was and decompose.
I decided Bolton Council were incompetents. I’ve had run-ins with them before when I watched them launch a baby into the back of one of their caged vans while laughing openly.
Well here they were proving why anyone living in Bolton should worry if their babies go missing.

There was no way that baby was staying there to decompose, when if I went out in the night, when the road was quiet I might be able to get the baby safe.

This morning my alarm went off at 1-30am and I quickly fed The Crazy Gang then headed off to try and get the baby. I laid out a towel in my boot and drove to the location in my gloves.

Claire had given me a perfect pin drop, so I loaded that into google maps and I was off.

My first circuit was to see exactly where the little one was lying. Once I knew where she was, I went to the next junction and headed back to do the circuit again. Unfortunately I had a car behind me, so aborted that chance, back up to the junction to turn around and start again.
Third attempt all was going well, then I saw a lorry in my rear view mirror, so decided to just drive passed my location again and head to the roundabout and start again.
Fourth attempt and finally absolutely nothing in my rear view mirror, I put on my hazards and ran to get the baby. I safely put her broken body in my boot and got myself off St.Peter’s Way, at the roundabout I was now pretty familiar with.

I carried on to my first cat-sitting visit and once I arrived, I checked the baby for a chip.….
Surprise, Surprise this baby is chipped and Bolton Council were happy to leave her there to decompose.
Makes my blood boil that they are paid to actually collect deceased animals. I don’t even believe they would have scanned her had they bothered to get off their backsides, due to the injuries.

This baby will be going home now. Might have taken us a few days to get to her but GIZMOS LEGACY 2 will never give up. Four attempts and forty minutes later this baby is now safe with me.


Ploughed into by a driver


This time two weeks ago today I was ploughed into by a driver whilst out riding my beautiful soul mate Jay. I was left lying in the road with horrific injuries and she was fighting for her life. The driver then hit another car at the junction taking that off the road too. The people I could hear gathering around to help were amazing stopping traffic, soothing Jay and calming me these amazing humans I can not thank enough but never once did I hear the voice of the driver I was taken to James Cooke Hospital where I had an operation to correct my leg and foot, I also had broken ribs, sternum and scapula along with a punctured lung. With the fantastic care and attention from the surgeons, doctors and nurses I pushed to get up and in 10 days they agreed under much duress I could heal at home. My beautiful girl lost her life at the roadside and this is something I have locked away tight in my head I know I must heal my body before I can face this it’s going to be so painful. I am now recovering in my bedroom for the next 6 weeks before I can put any weight on my foot, Mark my rock my love is caring for me with total unconditional devotion doing everything for me I now can’t. This is going to be a long road to recovery and healing, I have not heard anything from the driver do they know I survived? and this makes me question humanity but the outpouring of love and support I have had is keeping me fighting each day. 💔




Incident Attendance 17/12/2022

The team were tasked to assist persons on the mudflats in Westcliff that were trying to catch a dog that had been missing since Friday.

The two people were in fact paddle boarders who were asked to keep an eye out for the dog by members of Tilly’s Angels that have been trying to locate the dog since it got spooked by another dog and run away Friday morning on Two Tree Island.

As the paddle boarders were out on the ray at low tide, they spotted the dog and called for assistance as the tide was coming in.

RNLI Southend Lifeboat headed out in the Hovercraft to assist the paddle boarders who had the dog and were approximately 800m from shore. The lifeboat crew meet with Southend coastguard team that walked to meet with the lifeboat team to prevent anyone heading onto the mud and received Penny to take back to shore to her awaiting owners.

It was a great community response to help the owner be reunited and very well done to the paddle boarders for spotting and rescuing Penny.

Should you see someone in trouble or an object that isn’t right at the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
To Search
To Rescue
To Save







Cat shot with an air rifle Yealmstone Devon

Please get this out there. Today our baby boy has been shot by an air rifle and we currently don’t know if he’s going to make it.

This has happened in the Yealmpstone Farm Devon area within the space of an hour. (10:30-11:30) If anyone has seen anything/heard anything please contact myself or Matthew Beer

Our boy is the softest cat ever and we are truly devastated that this has happened to him.







CAROLYN SHIRES, 58. Odiham. 5 year animal ban, £5232 costs, 250 hours community service. 

A woman has been banned from keeping &  banned from ownership after neglecting donkeys
A woman has been banned from keeping animals for five years after two donkeys that were “lucky to survive” were found at her farm.
Carolyn Shires, 58, neglected the animals on her farm in Odiham, near Basingstoke, in Hampshire.
She appeared before Aldershot magistrates court last month (1-4 September) after being found guilty of three offences under the animal welfare act.
One of the Poitou donkeys she kept was so emaciated it was unable to stand; the other was infested with lice and had raw wounds.
The Donkey Sanctuary supported the prosecution, brought by Hampshire Trading Standards.
“It doesn’t get much worse than this,” said the Donkey Sanctuary’s vet Anna Harrison giving evidence in court.
Shires’ menagerie extended to 80-100 horses, 12 donkeys, six goats, geese, pigs, birds and llamas.
This is a shocking case and the serious sentence reflects the extreme suffering Shires inflicted on her animals. Her two Poitou donkeys Voyou and Croissant were lucky to survive,” says Michael Crane, the Donkey Sanctuary’s head of welfare.
Shires was banned from keeping equines, llamas, goats and pigs for five years and sentenced to a 12-month community order with 250 hours unpaid work and £5,232 costs.
“The sentence sends a strong message that animal abuse won’t be tolerated and cases like these strengthen our resolve to fight against animal abuse wherever we find it,” added Crane.
District Judge Philip Gillibrand said Shires had an “absurd number of animals” and “no prospect of caring for them properly.”
He said Shires believed she was an animal lover but “was not prepared to let go” and that things were “terribly wrong” on the farm in Hampshire.
The Donkey Sanctuary raised concerns over the welfare of the donkeys at Shires’ farm in April 2013.
They were treated by vets appointed by the charity, but were returned to Shires’ care.
“We would have liked the Poitous to have been relinquished into our care, but we have no power to seize animals,” a spokesman for the Donkey Sanctuary told H&H. “We have no knowledge of their whereabouts now.”



Selaine Saxby MP



Last week, I attended an event organised by Dogs Trust, where the charity called on the Government to take urgent action to end the cruel practice of Puppy Smuggling. MPs were invited to discuss with the charity how they can work together to end the illegal trade by ensuring the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill is brought back before Parliament. The charity is also calling for the Government to include visual checks at the borders in its plan to put a stop to the cruel trade once and for all.

I got to experience the documentary and identity checks currently in operation at the border, and the charity was able to demonstrate some of the tactic’s smugglers employ to avoid detection and explain why adding a visual check to this process is crucial to tackling the trade.

It was very difficult to hear about the horrendous ways puppies are smuggled into the UK and the poor conditions they endure. I hope that the Dogs Trust’s campaign will motivate the Government to progress with the Kept Animals Bill and to include their recommendation of including a requirement to carry out a visual check on dogs entering the country, as this will be a key factor in bringing about the end of Puppy Smuggling.

We have a fabulous Dogs Trust site in-between Ilfracombe and Braunton who do exceptional work locally, if you are looking to take on a puppy from them or just want to help them, please do get in contact:

[email protected]





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Puppy Farmers Exposed | English travellers Emily Sutcliffe from Hest Bank, Lancaster and Jack Reay from Overton, Morecambe

Yesterday, online news site Donkey Junk reported that several dogs had escaped from a squalid puppy farm run by a known animal abuser Emily Sutcliffe, whose breeding licence was revoked by Lancaster City Council earlier this year.

Four of the frantic dogs brought traffic on the busy main road to a standstill while a further 12 – said to be covered in faeces – were spotted ravenously eating rubbish scattered across the filthy yard. Other dogs could be heard howling in distress from a dark and foul-smelling shed at the bottom of the garden.

Sutcliffe was nowhere to be seen.

Members of the public lifted the dogs back over the fence to relative safety and tried to barricade the fence the best they could.

A dog warden attended due to evidence of animal cruelty, along with police. Further updates to follow.

A witness to events said: of Emily Sutcliffe that “she keeps the dogs there for nothing more than breeding to make money, they are always escaping, all they want is some food and some love, none of which they get there.”

In June 2022 Sutcliffe’s puppy farm and a second one owned by her associate Jack Reay (the pair are also co-directors of a canine fertility clinic) hit local news headlines after a catalogue of animal cruelty and neglect was discovered at each operation.

Authorities attended both premises and found dogs and puppies being kept in appalling conditions with no light, no food no water and heavily soiled bedding. Both breeders were absent during the raid with Sutcliffe having been out of the country for six days and Reay for four. Neither had made arrangements for their dogs to be looked after in their absence.

All of the dogs were seized and taken to a vet for assessment. Tragically, one little puppy died.

Shockingly the majority of the 46 dogs and puppies originally seized by the council were returned to the pair shortly after.

The great escape:



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APPEAL FOR INFORMATION | Hull: litter of starving and poorly puppies rescued after being abandoned in a drain

Hull animal charity Ren’s Rescue is appealing for more information after two puppies from a litter of six have died in tragic circumstances after they were rescued from a drain.

The rescue took in the puppies after a man called to tell them that some animals he had did not look like they were doing well. He said his daughter had found them and brought them back to the house.

After taking a closer look at them, the man and his daughter realised that something was very wrong with the animals and called the charity on Tuesday, December 27.

Pamela Maunsell, the General Manager and chair of trustees at Ren’s Rescue said the puppies looked like they were six to seven weeks old, but in reality, they were actually four to five months old.

Pamela said she was not sure which Hull drain they were rescued from. The dogs, believed to be American Bulldogs, were starving when Ren’s Rescue took them in and appeared to be in very poor health.

Sadly two of them died shortly after the charity took them in, and one remains in critical condition. Their development had been severely stunted because of the neglect they have endured.

Pamela said: “We are desperately trying to find who their mother is. Someone somewhere must know who has bred them. These puppies have been maltreated over a considerable period of time.

“They’ve got no muscular development. Their nails have never been worn down, so they’ve never been able to walk around. They’ve got no muscle on their back.

“I doubt they have ever been out or seen the sun because they have rickets which is caused by a vitamin D deficiency. We need to find that mother fast, because otherwise they will be breeding from her again and we need to stop it.

“They have been handed over to the RSPCA now, they are investigating the situation with the hope of finding who has treated them so appallingly. The puppies are currently with a vet, where they are getting 24-hour care.”

The puppies will then be taken to RSPCA’s York centre. If they make it, they will be rehomed from there.

Pamela urges anyone who has any information on where the puppies came from or who their mother is to call RSPCA’s Animal Cruelty Line 0300 124 999.

Latest news from Ren’s Rescue:

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URGENT HORSE WELFARE CASE | the area is Offord Cluny, St Neots Cambridgeshire PE19 5RT. A group of weak, very thin horses are being kept without food and water in what appears to be a barren field behind High Street, near the railway line. One thoroughbred mare looks to be in danger of imminent collapse from starvation.

The owner, who we can’t yet name for legal reasons, purports to be running a rescue and claims to take on horses from other sanctuaries, but according to a number of different sources has a long history of animal neglect. She previously operated from stables in Bedford but was apparently evicted and has relocated to her current set-up in Offord Cluny.

It’s alleged that prior to her eviction there was a multi-agency raid on her premises involving the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare. The scene was described as one of horror where multiple dead animals including pigs, chickens, sheep and goats were discovered. Ferrets and rabbits had reportedly starved to death in their filthy cages. A total of 16 horses said to be “skin and bone” were removed from her along with other animals . Following the raid, which took place in March 2020, it looked like the woman was going to be prosecuted for animal cruelty but for reasons as yet unknown the case against her did not proceed and the horses were all returned to her.

We have been told that within one year six horses in her care had died from either malnourishment or untreated health conditions.

There are many other allegations against this woman which are beyond the scope of this post, but as matters stand 10 horses and ponies are at serious risk of dying and no one is doing anything to stop it.

A group has been set up to raise awareness and monitor this woman’s activities. If you can help at all, please network with the members.


Following our recent post about a group of weak and starving horses in the care of a so-called rescue based in Offord Cluny, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, we’re pleased to report that three of the animals are now safe. Gillingham-based equine charity Little Lost Souls (LLS) has been able to recover the ponies they had entrusted to the rescue owner, who we won’t yet name due to the possibility of prosecution.

Elsa, Pumpkin and little Buttons, who were all found to be malnourished and severely dehydrated, will now require urgent vet care and rehabilitation following months of neglect and abuse. As well as their poor bodily condition, the three were covered in painful bite and hoof marks and suffering psychological trauma.

Vet fees are likely to be a minimum of £1,000 and LLS have issued an urgent fundraising appeal. Please make a donation if you can

There are of course serious concerns about the seven horses and ponies left behind (pictured), with a Clydesdale named Duke now reportedly bloated after being OVERfed following a long period of starvation. There are several dogs on site that are said to be very thin and fear-urinating. There are well-founded rumours that the alleged abuser is in the process of trying to buy six more horses. We’ve also had word that she may be on the move again soon, after being evicted by her landlord.

There’s loads going on so be sure to join the campaign group to keep up to date on this ongoing animal welfare crisis: 



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CONVICTED | backyard breeders Rory Canny, and Sophie Louise Snell, both aged 30, from Little Clacton, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex – illegally cropped dogs’ ears.

Canny and Snell, who trade under the name Bullylair UK kennels, were convicted of one offence each under the Animal Welfare Act relating to the cropping.

RSPCA officers started an investigation after reports of dogs being sold with cropped ears.

A warrant was executed at a property in Clacton where several dogs were found, including a number that had been cropped.

Officers also carried out online research into Bullylair and found a number of images on social media showing puppies who were being bred and having their ears cropped.

The couple, who are parents, trotted out lie after lie about their dogs’ origins but due to the weight of social media evidence against them were convicted.

Inspector Richardson said: “Ear cropping is an horrific practice which has absolutely no benefits for the dogs and can cause them lifelong health, behavioural and social problems.

“This is done purely for cosmetic purposes and sadly can lead to puppies being sold for much more money – but we’d urge the public and anyone looking to buy a puppy to remember that this is an illegal procedure which has hugely negative impacts for the dogs themselves.”

Sentencing |
Canny: 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Snell: six-month curfew.
£600 each in legal costs.
Five-year ban on keeping dogs (expires November 2027).




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Yesterday we shared a report from the Daily Record about Anthony Holloway (top right) from Dumbarton, who is described as “a big player in the depraved pit bull fighting scene, travelling to fights in the UK and Ireland with dogs he bred in his Roc Red stable.”

Today the Record have revealed that Holloway is also a member of an animal killing ring that includes some of the most vicious abusers in the UK.

Sadistic Holloway shared grisly photos and videos of animal mutilation with Rhys Davies (main image), a former gamekeeper at the Millden Estate in Angus. Davies is currently serving an eight-month jail sentence for badger baiting – the longest in Scottish legal history.

Holloway and Davies exchanged messages relating to badger baiting and the covert world of dog fighting.

Both men have been given bans on keeping animals after major investigations by the SSPCA’s Special Investigations Unit.

One senior inspector for the unit said: “During our investigations we were able to establish that Anthony Holloway and Rhys Davies were prolific in their animal fighting activities throughout the UK. In August this year, Davies was sentenced to eight months in prison and a 15-year ban on owning or keeping animals.

“Holloway has previously been involved with animal fighting, and last year was handed a four-year ban on owning or keeping dogs as well as a 270 hour community payback order.

“Our investigation left us with no doubt that Holloway is a significant member of organised dog fighting and badger baiting in Scotland and throughout the UK. These cases involved some of the most serious cruelty our special investigations unit has ever dealt with.”

During the court proceedings against Rhys Davies, a detailed narrative was prepared for the court by the SSPCA.

The narrative states: “Davies is clearly in communication with an individual who is well practised in fighting his dogs with badgers. The reporting officer has identified this individual as Anthony Holloway from photographs that he sent of himself to Davies.

“He has sent him two clear videos of his dogs pulling badgers from their setts. They are exchanging information regarding dog breeds and talking about what dogs are best for killing what animals, be it badger or fox. There are other, numerous conversations with this individual.”

Sentencing Davies in August, Sheriff Derek Reekie told him: “It is deeply disturbing, the horrific, cruel and senseless nature of the crime, as well as the cruelty to your own dogs. Your text messages demonstrate your sickening enjoyment in what you were doing.”

Officers also discovered damning conversations with a man named as “T” – another sadist, Liam Taylor (bottom right) from Macduff, Aberdeenshire, who was convicted of similar offences last November.



U.K. Animal Cruelty Files U.K. – UKACF

#PuppyFarmersExposed We’re urgently looking for information on a suspected potentially quite large-scale puppy farm operating from a hamlet around 10 miles north of #Newark, Nottinghamshire. Two of her ads are shown in our photo montage.

Concerns have been raised over the welfare of the dogs being kept at the farmyard premises and we’ve become aware of one dog – mis-sold as a full pedigree German shepherd – having developed serious genetic health issues which will cost his owner many thousands of pounds in vet’s fees to put right. The owner is keen to make contact with anyone else that may have bought a pup from the same litter, which was advertised around a year ago, as they are likely to have the same problems.

The buyer told us that when they went to pick up their dog from the breeder they weren’t allowed to see the other puppies in the litter – a red flag for sure. Their puppy became unwell soon after being taken home and it was discovered he was riddled with tape worms causing blood to pour from his back passage. He also had concrete burns on his skin, indicating that he and his littermates had been kept in poor conditions. Now, at just one year old, he has been diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and arthritis and is in constant pain.

The main face of the breeding business is a woman in her late 50s but we understand that her two adult daughters also play a role and that some of the many ads placed on sites such as freeads are in their names rather than hers. She has also has friends advertise on Facebook for her.

When the buyer contacted the breeder to complain, the woman’s only response was “bring him back”. The buyer refused, of course, because they had already fallen in love with the dog and were worried about his fate if they returned him.

If you or anyone you know believe you have bought a puppy from this shower, then please drop us a PM.




Who is to blame?

It is becoming increasingly challenging to find a safe space to enjoy a walk with dogs.

I see posts on social media that blame the people that walk their dogs on lead for being the cause of an off lead dogs inappropriate approach and subsequent behaviours.

Is it easier to have a dog off lead than to work on recall skills, social skills or to learn about dog communication and appropriate behaviour?

Is it a lack of understanding about responsible pet parenting, dog law and the impact an inappropriate approach can have on another dog, human, wildlife or livestock?

Is it a sense of entitlement about where and when we should be able to walk our dogs?

Is it a lack of care or empathy for our own or others dogs, people, livestock and wildlife?

Is it a belief that nothing will ever go wrong because it never has (yet)?

Is it because we think that dogs just need to be dogs and that they must have their freedom and must be walked off lead to run and chase?

Is it because we have not experienced being on the wrong end of an inappropriate approach, or haven’t seen what can happen to another dog, person, wildlife or livestock when things go wrong?

It isn’t a persons fault that their dog has no recall, lacks social skills, has high prey/chase drive or needs space for a variety of different reasons.

It is a persons fault if they know this and do not take the simple measure of supporting the dog with a lead.

The standard type of leads we usually see are short which can limit choice for dogs to sniff and explore or they are often extender type leads that can fail and cause significant issues both ends of the lead.

Learning to use a long line or longer length lead safely can make a huge difference to safety and enjoying an enriched, fulfilling walk both ends of the lead.

I LOVE teaching lead skills with pet parents. It has so many benefits including connection and communication as well as safety and security.

There is no shame in walking a dog on a lead.

It is not cruel to walk a dog on lead.

A dog is not being denied quality exercise when a lead is used in a way that enhances the walk.

It is not the person walking a dog on leads ‘fault’ that their dog is on lead.

It is not the on lead dog that is the cause of an off lead unskilled dogs inappropriate behaviour as long as the on lead dog is not being walked too close to other people and dogs.

Some dogs are on lead because they are a flight risk, they may be newly fostered or adopted, they may be recovering from a trauma from an off lead unskilled dog, the pet parent may prefer the safety and connection of the lead, the dog may be deaf or blind, elderly or in recovery from an illness or surgery and having light duty walks.

Some dogs are on lead because they are uncomfortable around unfamiliar dogs or they prefer their own space, they may not feel comfortable if a dog gets too close or tries to make physical contact.

It isn’t cruel to have a dog on lead. We share spaces more than ever now as the dog population has increased exponentially.

We can choose quiet spaces, quiet, off peak times, stay away from the busy and densely populated places and choose on lead only areas.

It is simply getting more challenging to have a safe walk in spite of these measures and best efforts.

I am seeing dogs off lead without collars, dogs off lead and out of site of their care giver, dogs bolting and missing for days or worse.

I had a traumatic experience when an off lead dog ran straight in front of my car resulting in an awful impact, the dog running off and in spite of spending hours searching for the dog and guardian I was unable to find out who the guardian was and we believe the dog was found deceased the next day.

I don’t know if the dog had escaped the garden or the house or if he or she was a latch key dog (common place in some areas) or if the dog had wandered away from the guardian.

Having compassion when sharing space with dogs can make the world of difference.

The lead is a simple piece of equipment, it is inexpensive and can literally be a lifeline for many people and dogs.

There are some dogs that have great social skills that enjoy off lead walks. They don’t go out of sight of their guardian, they don’t make inappropriate approaches and they can read other dogs body language well.

There are lots of private hire, secure spaces to use for off lead time if our dogs are generally on lead in public spaces.

Our dogs are often off lead for approximately 85% of the time while they are at home and in our gardens.

This post is not about judgement and is not intended to trigger negative emotions.

It is written with positive intentions and I hope it can inspire and help raise awareness about why some dogs are on lead and to embrace our differences with our dogs centre stage for welfare and well being.




My heart is aching for Emma and their family. I’ve cried so much. I witnessed them taking Jingo today.

Linda Hughes from Moo-Haven did not attend but sent volunteers, some from another rescue who had been roped into help and a transport company. After explaining and showing the contract to some of them, they left as they agreed it was wrong.

The others stayed. Nottingham police still insisted it was theft despite not seeing our evidence and we had no choice but to give them access or they would start criminal proceedings on Emma.

We reluctantly walked two of the volunteers down to the field to get him. They walked him out of the field but he didn’t want to go with them. On several occasions, he pulled out of their hands and ran back to us. What should have been a 10/15 minutes walk, was turning into a 50 minute+ walk. He was distressed and didn’t want to go with them.

We had seen enough and they were told enough is enough but the one volunteer continued to try and pull him forward. I grabbed the rope and told her to stop and she assaulted me. The police then had to attend as the yard owner witnessed all this and wanted them to leave immediately.

The woman who assaulted me was asked to leave. Our local force agreed this was a civil dispute but as Nottingham police insisted it was still criminal we weren’t allowed to deny access still.

By this point the transport company and the yard owner knew Jingo was too distressed to be taken and loaded. So Moo Haven then got a local vet to come out and sedate him with two drugs. The sedation kicked in and he no longer seemed aware of his surroundings and was stumbling around. They pushed him onto the trailer, locked him up and took him.

I cried and cried for so long after that. I am stunned at this “rescues” cruelty.

We are heartbroken. Moo-Haven should be ashamed of themselves. Jingo is fit, healthy and trusts his family. They have selfishly torn him away from that, and for what? A piece of paper and a disagreement over where he should live. 5 years of excellent love and care wasn’t enough. I’m sickened.

The image below was one moment Jingo pulled away from them and tried to come back to us

This isn’t over as far as I’m concerned. I will continue to fight for him to go back with his family. We will protest



LOTTIE & PENNY STOLEN 8th August 2020

LOTTIE HAS BEEN FOUND ?❤️? UPDATE ON DogLost Cornwall – thank goodness she has been found! Lottie has been found in Guildford. 17th August 2022.

Lottie has been found safe & well. She is however very timid & slightly traumatised after her 2 year ordeal. With careful consultation with dog warden, Brooke her owner has decided to let Lottie go to a much quieter calmer household, with no stresses of children & other dogs. This has been a very difficult & heartwrenching decision, but a brave one for the sake of Lottie. Well done to her owner for making this hard decision.

Our thoughts are with you all.

Penny is currently with her family on her way home! She was taken to a vets by someone who had bought her in the London area. Thankfully she was scanned and her microchip registration checked which revealed she was stolen! Welcome home Penny.
4th December 2020


Stolen from Blackwater, near Truro, Cornwall, Across A30 from ‘Smokey Joes, TR4 area, South West on 8th August 2020.

Someone cut through the wire fencing on private property.


CONTACT: 07946492196 or 07498620736
or call Devon & Cornwall Police on 101





29th October 2021 Me and my horse Silence involved in an RTA.  PTS due to injuries 30th November 2021.
No action has been taken by the police against the driver!!!

I landed at my yard at 9am brought silence in from field groomed him etc, then tacked him up as I did everyday not thinking my whole world would be turned upside down in less than 3 hours  left my yard around 11 am went down on my normal hack as I came out onto the main road I noticed this car following me as I came to the top of the hill on the main road he was still behind me he’d been close up to me then suddenly backed of as I turned the last bend as the road straightened there was a lorry coming towards me who stopped and turned his engine off and allowed me to pass him very courteously I continued my hack which I thanked him for as I do any driver who is courteous . Shortly after this I glanced back noticing there was no cars behind me at this point , moments later i glanced back again to see him execrating towards me rapidly I looked forwards and moved into the edge as far as I could get and braced myself as I felt sure he was going to hit us seconds later I felt the impact and silences legs pushed under him pushing his boots down and his neck up into the air he bolted to the right side of the road as the vehicle sped past hurling abuse at me as a kind passer by 2 cars back came to my rescue . I could barely speak through shock as this extremely kind person helped me and my horse back to the yard as soon as I landed at the yard the police and vets were called from there on in my world fell apart. The police began to investigate , on locating the driver they are duty bound to allow 28 days for him to respond to which he waited to the 28th day to respond in the mean time further investigation with my horse were on going to be found that he was having to be put to sleep due to this careless drivers actions how can this be allowed. I would not want anyone to feel the way I have since this accident and to experience losing there best friend due to someone else’s carelessness and recheck-less irresponsible actions I will never get over this experience or losing my companion my beautiful boy will never be forgotten and I will carry him in my heart always!


Firefighters rescued 3 dogs after a fire broke out at a kennels in Ardleigh on Tuesday evening.

The building, which measures roughly 40 metres by 10 metres, was 75% alight when crews arrived. Four other dogs had already been rescued.

The owners of the property, who were outside at the time, were alerted to the fire after hearing banging and popping noises.

Crews rescued the three dogs and managed to quickly stop the fire spreading further to the rest of the property, using a nearby lake to support their supplies of water.

Quentin Sage, Station Manager, said: “Our crews have done brilliantly here to get on top of the fire quickly, and of course rescue the three dogs who were still trapped in the building when we arrived.

“Fortunately, none of the seven dogs involved were harmed – and this fire was extinguished before it could damage the entire property.”

The fire was out by 7.54pm. We are not treating this fire as suspicious.



If you took Margie and Ruby and are watching this page, please, please just let us know what happened to them. If you sold them on to a loving home, let us know so that we can stop worrying about them. If they’re dead, let us know, so that we can grieve. Send us an anonymous text, with a description of a nearby landmark, so that we know it’s not a hoax – something not mentioned on Facebook. If you still have them, please abandon them somewhere safe or take them to a vet saying you found them as strays. Or just come forward and take the finder’s fee, no recriminations. Please, please, have a heart and help end the pain that you’ve caused. ????

If you have any information ?? about Margie & Ruby, please get in touch. ☎️ Call 07974 950768 or 07787 410987 or PM.
??? Substantial Finder’s Fee ???
?️‍♀️ Stolen from PL12, Cornwall on 24th June 2021.



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June 2022 UPDATE

Government responded to “Find the time to take the Kept Animals Bill through Parliament and make it law”

Response about the proposed new Pet Abduction offence:

We (Defra) have taken on board the recommendations of the Pet Theft Taskforce and added a new offence of pet abduction to the Kept Animals Bill;

– We (Defra) have announced we will make cat microchipping compulsory and we are updating the dog microchipping regulations;

Jordan Shelley ‘s comment: Great response and it’s true the team at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have achieved some brilliant things over the last few years. It is vital however that we keep up the pressure until this Bill receives Royal Assent as nothing in the current political landscape is guaranteed as can be seen by the planned ban on shock collars and The Animals Abroad Bill which disappeared after reaching cabinet… Please keep signing and sharing: ?? #DontForgetAnimals


RESPONSE IN FULL: The Kept Animals Bill was reintroduced in May 2022 and will continue its passage through the Commons when parliamentary time allows.

The Government has made a clear commitment to raising animal welfare standards and set this out in our Action Plan for Animal Welfare. This lays out all of our proposed animal welfare and conservation reforms, including those in the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (“the Kept Animals Bill”).

The Kept Animals Bill was reintroduced following the Queen’s Speech in May 2022 and will progress to Report stage in the Commons as soon as parliamentary time allows. It was introduced in the previous Session, and it is not unusual for some bills to be carried over to the next Session to ensure sufficient time is allowed to fully scrutinise their provisions.

The Bill delivers key manifesto commitments to end the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter, crack down on puppy smuggling, and ban the keeping of primates as pets. It will also update the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, introduce a new pet abduction offence following the work of the Pet Theft Taskforce and reform legislation to tackle livestock worrying which goes back to the 1950s.

Work to implement the measures in the Bill has not stopped: we have consulted publicly on the use of powers in the Bill to tackle illegal puppy smuggling; we have launched a targeted consultation with the zoo sector on our updated zoo standards; we are working with enforcement partners including the police and local authorities to develop guidance for enforcing the new legislation; and we are preparing the secondary legislation required under the Bill to minimise any delays to implementing these measures following Royal Assent.

It’s just part of the Government’s ambitious plans to improve animal welfare standards at home and abroad, as set out in the Action Plan for Animal Welfare. Since its publication in May 2021, we have made significant progress in taking forward these reforms:

– the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022 became law in the last Session, and we are in the process of setting up the Animal Sentience Committee to advise the Government on policies that impact on the welfare of animals;

– we have taken on board the recommendations of the Pet Theft Taskforce and added a new offence of pet abduction to the Kept Animals Bill;

– we have announced we will make cat microchipping compulsory and we are updating the dog microchipping regulations;

– we have introduced new powers for police and courts to tackle the illegal and cruel sport of hare coursing through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022;

– the Ivory Act 2018 came into force in June 2022 to ensure protection for elephants; and

– we have backed bills to increase the maximum penalties for animal cruelty offences from six months to five years imprisonment, introduce penalty notices for animal welfare offences and to ban glue traps, all of which have received Royal Assent.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs



There has been widespread positive media coverage following our announcement of a new criminal offence to crack down on dog theft which will give judges the ability to jail pet thieves for up to five years. The new offence is due to be brought in under a government amendment made to the Government’s Kept Animals Bill in Parliament today.

The story was covered by Sky News, The Independent, The Mirror, The Times, Daily Mail, Express and The Sun.

The new offence will now take into account the emotional distress caused to both the owner and the dog and will help judges’ ability to hand down more targeted penalties and sentences for pet thieves.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:

The loss of a much-loved pet causes unique distress. I am pleased that we are legislating to recognise this specific crime.

The new dog abduction offence will reflect the impact on animals in penalties for criminals, and deliver justice for victims.

Welcoming the introduction of the new offence, Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Christine Middlemiss said:

The recognition of the distress caused to animals by pet theft is an important step forward, treating them as sentient beings rather than merely property.

The new offence should build greater awareness of the significant impacts of dog theft on people and animals, and reassure pet owners that these crimes are being taken seriously.



Police in Northern Ireland have seized 57 puppies, three adult dogs and one cat in the Belfast Harbour estate following an ongoing investigation yesterday evening.

A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including fraud by false representation and possession of articles for use in fraud.

A quantity of cash was also seized.

The puppies are an assortment of breeds, including golden retriever, cockapoo, miniature terrier, French bull dog, American bull dog, cocker spaniel, roan spaniel and dachshund.

They are currently being cared for and examined by a vet, and the public is being asked not to enquire about rehoming opportunities at this time.

“We suspect many of the dogs had been illegally imported into Northern Ireland from Republic of Ireland for onward sale within England and Scotland,” said Detective Inspector Conor Sweeney.

“Police are absolutely committed to tackling the smuggling of illegal commodities through Northern Ireland’s ports. Most recent seizures by the Organised Crime Unit have been in relation to illegal drugs.

“However, as this operation has shown, drugs are not the only items being traded illegally.

“Smuggling is often conducted by sophisticated cross-border organised criminal groups. Such groups will not discriminate when it comes to the commodity being smuggled – should that be drugs, cigarettes, people, or in this case, animals.”

Det Inspector Sweeney said those involved in puppy smuggling do not care about the “horrendous impact” it can have both on the animals and on the victims who innocently buy them as family pets.

He urged anyone with information about any illegal activity to contact police.


Operation Frankish 2 – Cage The Monsters

Everyone has personal responsibility, but I also think we have a collective responsibility. What sort of World do you want to leave behind? Hopefully one that’s better than we have right now. I’ve got a vested interest in what the country will be like long after I’m gone. I don’t want to be party to leaving behind a country in which low IQ, third rate gangsters, are allowed to kidnap a little dog and set it on fire. The only way to not have that future is to hammer those that do it in the here and now. They should be hammered by the justice system, but socially they ought to be pushed out and isolated as well. I have seen no better example of a case this year in which the full weight of everything needs brought down on those responsible. This was calculated. This was planned. In my eyes it makes it many times worse, but if a prosecution can be secured here, it being pre planned will make it go more badly for them. As will any material evidence that they filmed it. As will any material evidence that they shared said video. Do I know for sure that they filmed it? No, but police don’t normally insist on going through a phone unless they think its central to the situation. Plus – they are clearly horrible bastards, its the sort of thing they’d do. After all, the word is that their original ‘plan’ was to behead the dog and send it to her in the post. I think they decided against that due to the higher risk of being traced. Bottom line is this – I want a result and I want one soon. And it had best be a good result.?

People of Durham, esp in or around the DH7 and DH2 areas. Take a long look at this sad sight. This was that little dog that died from the burns inflicted on it.
From what I gather, the perpetrators have been a blight on the community for years and years. Inter generational trouble makers. Hated by most, even those that wont outright say it.
There must be scores of people with a score to settle with such a person(s). You wont get a better chance nor a better reason.
Your evidence and testimony can send these people where they deserve to be – locked in a tiny cell. Also, since a ten grand reward leading to info that convicts being put out there – why not make yourself ten grand richer and see these bottom feeders get locked up, ideally for a long time?
Every and any time they get away with something, it only emboldens them. You cannot have individuals that do this just walking free.



I feel I should share my story, this is my beautiful girl Lulu, she is just 4 months old, Mummy is a Pug and Daddy is a French bulldog this makes Lulu a Frug please please don’t ever be tempted to breed a pug and French bulldog it brings out the worst of the defects in both breeds, The first pic is Lulu last Friday, the 2nd pic is Lulu on Tuesday. I saw her I fell in love and took her home and everything was fine until last Monday, I came home and was greeted by the gang as usual but little Lulu instead of jumping up to say hello was just gently licking my leg, I looked down to say what are you doing silly and that’s when I noticed her eye had come out of its socket! I rushed her straight to the vet who kept her in popped her eye back in and stitched her eyelids together to keep it in place, she had a check up today and I was told that her eye will now turn out at a 90 degree angle and there is a good chance she will have lost vision in it altogether although we won’t know for sure until she has the stitches out on Tuesday, what caused this? Well it’s one of the many defects that occur in this breed, it could have been something as simple as rough puppy play with her sibling, 4 months old and facing the possibility of being blind in one eye breaks my heart ? please think long and hard before buying a “Frug” they have the potential for a lot of health problems through no fault of their own and please please never be tempted to breed them, Little Lulu will be spayed as soon as possible once she’s over this ordeal, thank you for reading ?

Elaine Lisle


Please could all animal lovers and kind people share or copy and paste the tragic story of our 10 month Dalmatian puppy Taylor.

Finally we can make this post and tell our poor baby Taylor’s story. I don’t believe in trial by social media but I do believe in telling the truth.

On the 27th January 2022 our lives changed forever. We received a phone call no fur baby mum and dad wish to receive – our beautiful 10 month old Dalmatian puppy had been killed whilst in the care of A&T trained dogs “The lounge doggy day care”. This is located on Ashton road, Lancaster. This place is also known as Heronswood canine retreat – Licensed operator Tarik Jayousi.

We have patiently and painfully waited and now Lancaster City council has concluded its investigations. We really appreciate how seriously they have taken it.

On Thursday 28th July 2022 the licensing committee concluded that some of the conditions of licences had been breached. This has resulted in a warning letter being issued by the council to Mr Jayousi along with more strict sanctions on his operations for the foreseeable future.

We have been led to believe that an incident with an A&T owned older male dog resulted in poor little Taylor’s death. Despite CCTV cameras being dotted round; when officially asked by myself I was told there was no footage.

Taylor was a liverspot Dalmatian puppy. She was our little girl and our very best friend. She came everywhere with us and life revolved around her and spending time together.

We don’t have children, she was Our baby – loved to the ends of the earth and she wanted for nothing.

We do not wish any other furbaby mummy and daddies to go through what we have suffered over the last 6 months.

Our hearts are broken – the worst experience of our lives and something which I do not think either of us will ever get over.

Dog owners make wiser choices than the one we made – don’t be fooled by marketing campaigns or buildings that appear fancy

Please remember to share this post

We love you Taylor x


Davies kept the terriers, which were unchipped and not registered with a vet, in filthy kennels in an outhouse next to his estate cottage. He also pleaded guilty to firearms offences after police seized a shotgun, rifle and ammunition lying scattered around the buildings without being properly secured.

The carcasses of three dead birds of prey were also found during the police search, along with equipment potentially linked to bird of prey persecution. The police submitted a file to the Crown Office, which decided not to prosecute Davies.

The dogs seized by the SSPCA were Davies’s personal property and not used for grouse or pheasant shoots, a spokesperson said.

“The estate does not condone or tolerate any illegal activity relating to the welfare of animals or wildlife and we were shocked to learn of all the allegations when they came to light, he said. “The estate cooperated with the relevant authorities throughout and continually reviews and updates its compliance policies in relation to wildlife management’


So this dog was missing for 6 years and has finally been reunited with his family ? im so happy this post got him home so thankyou to everyone for your help.Anyone know who’s greyhound/Lurcher this is? I don’t want it getting knocked over its on neath bridge walking into the road*Update *
I’ve captured the dog it’s now in my garden hoping for some news before I contact the dog warden*New update*
Dog has been taken to margam dog pound by the dog warden if nobody claims him within 2 weeks he will be moved to trachllyn where most ex racedogs are keptThankyou for the help everyone 



The RVC  operates a 24-hour veterinary emergency veterinary clinic, for dog, cat and other pet owners whose regular vet practices have signed up to our scheme. This is based at Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA) in Hertfordshire Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA.

If you are a client of one of the local vet practices signed up to our Out-of-Hours pet emergency care service, or the RVC’s veterinary practice in Camden, you will automatically be redirected when you call their number.

The service operates 7:00pm-8:30am weeknights, weekends and all bank-holidays.

What you can expect

Participating veterinary practices have arranged for the QMHA to provide a pet emergency service on their behalf. This might be during your practice’s normal working hours, or it might be at night, weekends or at any other time when your usual practice is closed.

In an emergency, call us on 01707 666399. Your call will be taken by one of the Out-of-Hours Emergency Care team, who will take your details and advise you on what to do next. You will be given an indication of the relevant consultation fees.

We will triage your pet as soon as possible after arrival

  • Pets are seen and treated by a qualified vet, usually assisted by a final-year veterinary student
  • Animals that require the most urgent and immediate treatment will be seen as a priority
  • In most cases, our primary care team will be able to treat your pet and provide all the veterinary care required
  • We will contact your usual vet with an update of your pet’s progress as soon as possible during normal opening hours
  • If your pet is critically ill, or requires immediate specialist attention, with your consent they will be transferred to our ECC Service or one of our other specialities.

Upon arrival

Important – Clients who have symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever, persistent cough, loss of taste/sense of smell) must NOT come onto site. Please ensure that you always wear a face covering on site and inside our buildings.

Please enter via security who will direct you to the hospital, please park in the carpark directly outside. Check in with the reception team or if after midnight please use the handset located in entry way to inform us you’ve arrived. Your pet will then be triaged by a vet/vet nurse/final year vet student to assess their condition and take them into the hospital for stabilisation if required. You should have received a link via SMS or email to complete our admission forms, please complete these and return promptly. If you have not received this or do not have a mobile, please alert a member of the team who can provide a paper copy.

For life-threatening cases or patients requiring a trolley please use the Emergency Drop Off point, and alert reception. (You can also inform our Security Team at the entrance barrier if your pet is in a life-threatening condition, they can then call ahead to anticipate your arrival.) Your pet will then be triaged by a vet/vet nurse/final year vet student to assess their condition and take them into the hospital for stabilisation if required. Once your pet has been admitted into the hospital please then move to a standard parking space. You should have received a link via SMS or email to complete our admission forms, please complete these and return promptly. If you have not received this or do not have a mobile, please alert a member of the team who can provide a paper copy.

Consultation and treatment

In most cases this is a consultation with a member of the veterinary team, during which a treatment plan and any further associated costs will be fully discussed.

After the consultation your pet may be admitted to the hospital for treatment. At this stage you will be required to pay a deposit before you leave. We can offer two ways of claiming via your insurance, if your pet’s treatment exceeds £500 then we can process a ‘Direct claim’ for you, meaning that we will invoice your insurance company directly. To do this, we will require a copy of your current insurance policy and any required claim form to be completed by the policyholder, plus a deposit of £100 and a direct claim fee of £25. Alternatively, if your invoice is below £500 or should you prefer to settle the invoice with us yourself first, we will still process your claim as an ‘Indirect claim’ there will be no direct claim fee for this. The insurance company will simply settle with you rather than us.

If your pet is not insured, you will be required to pay 50% of the estimated cost of treatment on admission of your pet and the remainder upon discharge. Our online payment portal is available at:

How to reach us by car

Clients are advised to approach the Royal Veterinary College along Hawkshead Lane from the A1000.

From the M25, leave at Junction 24 and take the A111 (Southgate Road) to Potters Bar. At the first main junction and traffic lights, turn right onto the A1000 towards Hatfield. Follow the A1000 through Potters Bar, past the bus garage and after two sets of traffic lights, turn left onto Hawkshead Road and then fork left onto Hawkshead Lane.

From the A1 take the A1001 Eastbound and then take the A1000 Southbound and follow the signs to the Vet College (a right turn onto Hawkshead Road and then into Hawkshead Lane).



Cellmark has over 30 years’ experience of delivering specialist DNA profiling services to UK police forces and is one of the largest providers of human DNA profiles to the UK National DNA Database.  Working in consultation with police crime prevention units, Cellmark has developed a canine DNA profiling service and Forensic Dog DNA Database, to help combat the rising incidence of dog theft.

Cellmark’s DNA Protected service is supported by the police for crime prevention as well as to assist in the detection of crime and the safe return of stolen dogs.

Dog DNA forensic science in action

Case Study 1: Reuniting Half-pint

After a litter of eight chihuahua puppies was stolen from a breeder, Cellmark was called in by the police to help investigate.  Intelligence led the police to a woman who lived in the area who had recently acquired a chihuahua puppy which she had called Half-pint.  The owner of the stolen puppies identified Half-pintfrom its markings as one of the 8 stolen dogs but both the woman and her partner denied any knowledge of the burglary.  The woman told the police that she had bought Half-pintfrom an unknown man in a van for £300 and had paid in cash.

The police sent Cellmark mouth swabs from Half-pint and also from the putative parents, the breeder’s male chihuahua Jason and the breeding dam Kylie.  Canine STR profiling was carried out and all the components in the 18 DNA markers found in Half-pint’s DNA profile matched marker components in either the profile of Jason or Kylie providing strong evidential support that they were Half-pint’s parents.

As a result Half-pint was returned to the breeder, the rightful owner.

Case Study 2: Prosecution for injuring a dog

Following an altercation between a man and his girlfriend it was alleged that the man stabbed the girlfriend’s dog Cagney multiple times causing serious injuries.  During the incident the man also stabbed himself in the foot.  Cagney survived the attack and her injuries were subsequently treated by a vet and she made a good physical recovery.

The police brought this case to Cellmark after the man denied injuring the dog.  Cellmark was provided with the suspect’s blood-stained clothing and footwear to determine if any of the blood present on this clothing could have originated from Cagney.  The case was complicated by the fact that some of the blood was likely to have originated from the suspect, since he had injured himself during the alleged attack, and some of the blood staining was likely to be a mixture of human and animal blood.

The clothing and footwear were first examined and tested with an immunological test which is specific for human blood – it does not produce a positive result with canine blood.  This allowed our scientists to identify and sample the non-human blood staining.  Canine STR profiling was carried out on a stain recovered from one of the shoes and compared to a mouth swab taken from Cagney.  The profiles matched, providing strong evidential support that the blood on the suspect’s shoe originated from Cagney.

The dog DNA profiling results in this case provided scientific evidence to allow the police to prosecute the suspect.



Our dog has been missing since yesterday around 2pm he was in a dangerous part of the river a private place where a dog Walker never should have taken dogs. She has said he went into the weir and went under but didn’t stay long to see if he came up. We are hoping so much that he was able to get to side as it slowed. Just need as much help as possible ? x

The latest:
After meeting today with Paws in Motion down at the weir where the incident happened with rocco 11/7/2022. We were at the carpark where they had started, she took us on the route which they had gone off the designated track and down through the woods which are also out of bounds due to old open mine shafts dotted around the site. They then went down to the river next to the weir to let the dogs swim. She let all the dogs swim in the river next to the weir which has a strong current through it, she put all of the dogs in danger and completely neglected there safety. She followed rocco on the edge of the river as he floated down stream for around 100 yards and did not go into help him until he had gone over the top of the weir and submerged under the water. She “jumped into the water” after he had gone over the weir and searched for 15 minutes, then got out and walked to the top gate to ring the fire brigade and stood there waiting for a further 40 minutes instead of being down there searching. There were lots of opportunities for her to save him and avoid all of this before he made it down that far. All of this land She was walking on was out of bounds and private property.

We requested a report from them the day off the incident and lots of email communication since but the story’s never add up with each other and keep changing. Unfortunately I don’t think we will ever know what has truly happened and all we can do is keep searching and hoping he managed to get out somewhere.

They where fully aware that rocco is not a strong swimmer and doesn’t like deep water. He is such a loyal and friendly dog and was my sons brother and best friend, we are all truly heart broken and want to thank everyone who has shared and help with searching, we will.not stop searching for him as we hope he managed to make it out somewhere.

There was not one ounce of remorse or emotion from either of the owners of paws in Motion today while we where there, and when I said that I am going to write this post her answer was “well I was going to close the business anyway” I never want to see these people with another dog again and advice you all to avoid paws in Motion as they have no regard for animal safety.

If anyone would like any further information of the incident or route please contact me. Don’t want to see another pup go missing or worse due to a complete lack of common sense.

I want to start by saying thank you, thank you to everyone who has helped share awareness this week for our dog/son/brother/best friend rocco and for all of those who have been searching. It has meant so much to us and has kept us going. However, it is with such a heavy heart that I have to say, I had a phone call this afternoon of a potential sighting in the river tamar. I met with Neil who went out of his way to not only search but swam out into the river to recover roccos body, thank you for going above and beyond. He was located not far down stream from the weir where he was last seen. And thank you to Haydn Bennett for providing us access all week, driving through the trails day and night and helping me get rocco from the river bank back to our car. All we can say is he is in a special place now and will always be in our hearts, he has left a massive hole in our family that will never be filled. Joey is staying strong and also says thank you to everyone ❤️

We hope some good can come from this terrible situation and raise awareness to everyone about who you leave in charge of your family members.

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CONVICTED | puppy dealers John and Marina Lowther from #Leeds, West Yorkshire:

CONVICTED | puppy dealers John and Marina Lowther from #Leeds, West Yorkshire:kept worm-infested dogs and puppies crammed into a livestock trailer at Appleby Horse Fair; one GSD puppy PTS.

The Lowthers, who are travellers, pleaded guilty to four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

They were prosecuted for neglecting 10 of the 14 animals that the RSPCA took in.

The charity followed up a report that a number of dogs were in a trailer parked near to Winter’s Farm in Appleby during the travellers fair on 13 August 2021.

RSPCA inspectors Keith Hogben and Deborah Beats discovered the dogs were being kept in unhygienic conditions in five cages and some were unwell. They were advised by vets, who were in attendance, to have them seized which took place under police supervision.

Inspector Hogben described in his witness statement how he had found an underweight German Shepherd dog who was struggling to stand upright because the cage she was in with her five puppies was too small.

Inside a plastic dog kennel there was a border terrier and three puppies, all of whom were found to be suffering from lice infection.

Inspector Hogben said: “There were many dogs contained in cages. There was very little natural light in the trailer and a strong smell of ammonia and faeces.

“As the dogs were being removed from the cattle trailer… the situation became heated as John Lowther and a young boy tried to stop the dogs being removed and loaded into the transport that had arrived.”

Examinations were carried out on all the dogs at an Appleby veterinary practice, but sadly despite treatment the condition of one of the German Shepherd puppies deteriorated and she was put to sleep.

Vet Helen Gould stated in her report: “It is my opinion that this pup died due to a high worm burden with subsequent intestinal damage and secondary bacterial infection.”

She said that other pups, who were around six weeks old, all had “a massive worm burden and lice”, but responded to treatment with antibiotics and parasiticides. Their mother also needed treatment for lice and worms.

“These pups were suffering and had been for all of their lives. This could have been avoided by worming them from two weeks of age and treating them for lice,” said the vet.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Rebecca Lowe, who attended at the vets’ practice, said in her statement: “One of the puppies whilst in the crate was trying to toilet and had nothing but worms coming out of its rear end. There was no faeces, just worms.”

RSPCA vet Roxane Kirton concluded the dogs were housed in accommodation that failed to meet their needs, even if it was only for the duration of the fair.

In mitigation, the court was told that John Lowther had suffered from poor mental health exacerbated by the death of a close relative.

Magistrates said there was evidence of “extreme suffering and prolonged neglect”.

The dogs involved in the case have since been re-homed.

Sentencing |
John Lowther: 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years (expires May 2024). Eight-week curfew; costs and charges of £213.
Marina Lowther: 12-month community sentence with six-week curfew; costs and charges of £160. No ban.

CONVICTED | Luke Proffit, 22, from #Hartlepool – stabbed his pet German shepherd (pictured) 12 times during a “mental health crisis”, causing fatal injuries.

Proffit carried out the cruel attack on December 16 last year before concerned members of the public found the severely injured dog, named Bella, on Hendon Beach in #Sunderland.

Upon arrest, Proffit, of no fixed abode, defiantly told officers “it’s not illegal to kill your dog”.

The court heard Proffit’s dog was previously considered healthy and a good weight, with the attack deemed a serious but isolated incident committed at a time when the defendant was going through a mental health crisis.

He pleaded guilty and was jailed for 18 months.

Wildlife Enforcement Officer PC Peter Baker, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is an absolutely horrendous case and I welcome the custodial sentence handed down to Proffit.

“It is without question that the dog was subjected to sustained violence and she was found by members of the public with appalling injuries to her body and neck on Hendon beach.

“Proffit is one of the first offenders in our Force to be jailed since tougher sentencing guidelines were introduced in courts across the UK last summer for the most heinous animal cruelty crimes.

“We are a nation of animal lovers, and it is always disappointing and upsetting when crimes like this happen. I hope this case sends out a strong message – anyone who hurts or abuses animals will be brought to justice.

“We will continue to work with our fantastic colleagues and partners, including the RSPCA, to educate everyone – including young people in schools across the North East – of the importance of looking after animals.”

Sentencing | jailed for 18 months and banned from owning animals for 18 years.



Photo – cowering, resisting lying down/sleeping

This is my new foster Dahlilah who was rescued yesterday from a commercial breeding facility in Lancaster after they were “done” with her. She is a 4 year old Golden Retriever who has spent her entire life in a concrete floor kennel — she has never stood on grass, ran, or known human love.

I had posted weeks ago that Bud was the most shut down dog I had ever fostered, but now I need to amend that statement.

Bud was frozen stiff/terrified of being picked up — full rigor mortis — but he did move when he was on the ground. He was terrified but moved.

Dahlilah does not move. Absolutely frozen and she flinches when you touch her. I brought her home yesterday afternoon and she never once put her head down to sleep — it is so common with rescues, particularly the commercial breeder mommas that they fight sleep, they don’t feel safe enough to close their eyes. I peeked in on her at 3 am and she still had her head up — drooling with fear.

I took her out once last evening but it was almost impossible — even with 2 people- to get her out of the crate. Her whole body stiffened and was difficult to get through the crate door. And it was horribly traumatic for her so I felt so guilty — I just wanted her to have the opportunity to pee. I set her on the grass and she stood frozen and cowering on the grass — never moved — and it was clearly too traumatic to stay out any longer. So we put her back in the crate.

This morning she was sitting in the corner of her crate with her head lowered — I could not encourage her to move and again she flinched when I tried to pet her. I left her alone all morning and she never lay down to rest — stayed in the position in the pics below. I knew it was pointless and too terrifying to even attempt taking her outside, so I moved her (with extreme effort and trauma to her) to my laundry room where she would have more room and a place to relieve herself where she wouldn’t have to lie in it. She immediately found a corner to cower in, shaking, but thank God she is finally lying down with her head on the ground. I pray she will finally feel safe enough to sleep.

The good news is she has taken a little food and water and has now peed for the first time. That may sound so trivial to some people but for a commercial momma it is pretty miraculous — it can take days to eat and pee. So we’ve had some small glimpses of hope. But the terror in her eyes and flinching when my hand reaches to pet her is shattering to witness. Maddie is in her attentive momma mode and I hope can reach a place in her that I cannot yet access.

Please, I beg you not to buy puppies online or from Lancaster. This is the face of a commercial breeding facility momma where the cute puppies come from ?.

Prayers for my sweet momma — one day at a time…..

A “sign” of hope came to me when I asked “Alexa” to play “calming dog music” (I still can’t believe that is a thing). The first song that played was Bob Marjey’s 3 Little Birds:

“don’t worry about a thing
… cause every little thing is gonna be alright …..” ?



She was stolen from her garden and has been used for breeding! She’s had a trauma to her head making her eye pop out and the updated news is: “I’m afraid she’s going in to have her eye removed next week, thank you for everyone following her story and helping her x”. 22nd April 2022.


BEFORE YOU GET OFFENDED when someone suggests you neuter your pet please read this.
1. Statistically for every kitten sold on Facebook for a tenner and actually neutered, another one won’t be.
2. Every rescue is dependant on volunteers who lose family time, money, sleep weekends and evenings caring for and fundraising to ensure unwanted cats dogs get the correct care.
3. Animals have no voice.. So when somebody speaks on their behalf stop getting upset.
4. Uneutered Male cats will wander in search of females. They will fight ferociously and cause terrible injury to other males in the process causing sepsis. Fiv and other dreadful life threatening diseases.
5. Every litter of kittens born in your home and sold adds to the problem by stopping a rescue cat being adopted.
6. Rescues are full to capacity with cats and dogs which have been bought on a whim of Facebook and surrendered or abandoned due to boredom. Inability to afford vet Bills. Neuter. Vaccinations.Food Flea and worm treatment
7. Each rescue has a waiting list. They spend literally thousands of pounds a year on vet treatment. Food, litter. Flea and worm treatment, Electricity, Petrol. These are just the basics.
8. Behind the scenes volunteers nurse, clean out pens several times a day. Fundraise constantly. Worry about cats who have been surrendered and are traumatised by being torn from surrounding arears.
9. Rescues have volunteers who drive for miles doing home checks. Trapping stray cats, picking up unwanted cats and spend hours on the phone trying to find spaces and homes for unwanted pets.
10. Volunteers spend their free time and energy picking up the pieces from people who recklessly allow cats to have kittens and refuse to neuter.
So please STOP GETTING OFFENDED when someone asks are you getting your pet neutered or please don’t give away for free!!!! Volunteers see the consequences of your actions every day 365 days a year and are simply giving a voice to the vulnerable creatures so casually given away or sold.
Lil legs is tiny and is a much loved pet thankfully home after all these years! Her owner on Doglost says “ She’s isn’t in best health, she has had surgery resulting in her being reunited. I have to say it’s amazing I can’t put in to words how it is to have her back.

She’ll be fine even if in the end she has the eye that’s operated on removed but you would never believe it that she still has the same dog temperament – I’m still in shock tbh”.

Stolen: on 27 April 2015
From: Warden Bay, Isle Sheppy, Kent, ME12
Date Found: 29 March 2022
Where Found: Cambridge Vets4Pets
Date Reunited: 30 March 2022



A 63-year-old disabled man sustained serious injuries when a man and woman attempted to steal his dog in Caerwys, Flintshire, Wales.

The man who requires a disability scooter to get around the local area was taking his boxer dog puppy for a walk when a man and woman approached him and attempted to wrestle the lead from his hand in the ensuing struggle the disability scooter was pulled over and the owner sustained injuries to his face and upper body.

The couple ran off empty-handed leaving the man on the ground with his scooter tipped on its side.

The woman is described as white, of medium build, about 5’8 with pink and black shoulder length hair. She wore a short-sleeved dark red t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

“The man, also white, is described as of medium build, 5’10 with short black hair and a goatee beard. He appeared smartly dressed.

Do you recognise these people or were you in the vicinity of Caerwys bowling green Sunday 17 April?

If so please contact the police on 101, quoting incident number B053979.

Thank you
The Pet Detectives



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I can’t take them to the beach for a walk as it annoys you and disturbs the vacation ….. I have no right to rent a house if I have a dog nor can I take him on public transport.

However, I can take it to the rubble to find you after an earthquake, in the woods after you got lost in the mountains and had no map or gps; under the snow because you took a detour forbidden off the track; in the water because despite the red flag you have entered the sea, and your life is in danger!

And finally …
He is just a dog, but he or she will find you. And it will save you!!!
Dedicated to all who DO NOT love dogs!
©️Nicolas Alarcon


Unlawful Puppy Breeder stopped in her tracks by SDC Animal Welfare Team

Published: Friday, 1 April, 2022

A woman who bred 18 French bulldogs in three litters without a licence has been ordered to pay more than £3,200 in court.

Nathalie Bakker of Cheltenham Road, Pitchcombe, Stroud had already lost her licence to breed puppies because a dog in her care had been killed by her own dogs. But she ignored SDC Animal Welfare Team’s clear instruction not to breed or sell dogs without a licence, and that resulted in a court appearance and a hefty fine and costs.

At Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 24th March, Bakker entered a guilty plea to charges of unlawful breeding and selling of puppies. She had previously held an Animal Activities Licence for both the breeding and boarding of dogs at her home address.

However, in March 2021 the Council’s Animal Welfare Team revoked her licence following the investigation of an incident in which a dog in Bakker’s care at the property was attacked and killed by her own dogs. At that time, it was made clear to her that the revocation of her licence prohibited her from operating a business of boarding, breeding and selling dogs.

Over the succeeding months, Animal Welfare Officers found that Bakker in fact carried on undertaking licensable activities, namely breeding three litters of French bulldog puppies (18 puppies in total) and subsequently selling 15 of those puppies, all without the licence to do so.

Consequently, the court ordered Bakker to pay a total financial penalty of £3,255, comprising a fine of £1,500, full costs of £1,605 and a victim surcharge of £150.

After the hearing, SDC Environment Committee Chair, Councillor Chloe Turner said:

“The Council considers the health and welfare of animals across the district to be extremely important and the licensing of specified activities is a major foundation of animal welfare. This prosecution demonstrates that where there is evidence of unlawful activities, in this case the unlicensed breeding and sales of puppies, we are prepared to take the necessary steps to ensure that the future welfare of animals is protected.”


CONVICTED | commercial breeders Ray Mainland, 69, and
partner Sue Tweedie, 59, from Donnington, #Telford, Shropshire – kept 18 dogs in squalid conditions.

RSPCA officers found the Bouviers de Flandres and Portuguese water dogs in a smelly and unsanitary environment at the couple’s home in 2020.

The RSPCA was alerted to concerns for the dogs’ welfare when Mainland and Tweedie sought to rehome the animals in January 2020.

During a visit the following month, inspector Kate Parker discovered heavily soiled blankets outside and a dog pen that was also heavily soiled.

“The window to the left of the front door, and the front door itself, had a thick layer of a black substance, and the smell that was coming from within was foul,” Ms Parker said.

“It was almost unbearable without being immediately in front of the door.

“The smell was an obvious smell of faeces and ammonia, which made me feel nauseous. I continued to knock on the front door, but I got no reply.”

An independent vet report found the needs of the dogs in the pair’s care were not being met.

The pair were found guilty of one charge under the Animal Welfare Act and were ordered to pay £1,800 in court costs plus £200 each in fines. Lifetime ban but can appeal after 12 months.

The court has granted the pair 21 days to rehome all of their dogs before the ban on keeping animals is enforced.


Why do dogs live less than people?

Here’s the answer:

Being a vet, I was called to examine a 13-year-old Irish dog named Belker.

The dog’s family, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little 6-year-old Shane were close to Belker and expected a miracle.

I tested the dog and found out he was dying of cancer. I told the family I couldn’t do anything for him and offered to do the euthanasia procedure at home.

The next day, I felt the familiar feeling in my throat when Belker was surrounded by family.

Shane seemed so quiet, petting the dog for the last time and I was wondering if he would understand what was going on. In a few minutes, the animal fell peacefully sleeping to never wake up.

The child seemed to accept Belker’s transition without difficulty. We sat for a moment wondering why the unfortunate fact that dog life is shorter than human beings.

Shane, who had been listening closely, said, “I know why.”

What he said next surprised me: I had never heard a more heartwarming explanation than this. This moment changed my way of seeing life.

He said: “People come into the world to learn to live a good life, like loving others all the time and being a good person, eh? well, as dogs are already born knowing how to do all this, they don’t have to stay as long as we do.”

The moral of the story is:

If a dog was his teacher, you’d learn things like:

? When your loved ones come home, always run to say hello.

? Never pass up an opportunity to go for a walk.

? Allow yourself the experience of fresh air and wind.

? Runs, jumps, and plays daily.

? Upgrade your attention and let people touch you.

? Avoid ” biting” when just a “growl” would suffice.

? On warm days, lay on the grass.

? When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

? And never forget: “When someone has a bad day, stay silent, sit close and gently make them feel like you’re there…”

This is the secret of happiness that, even if we don’t realize, dogs teach us daily.”?❤️

— Mark Ferrell

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