Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Charity operating in England and Wales
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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity operating in England and Wales that promotes animal welfare. In 2017, the RSPCA investigated 141,760 cruelty complaints and secured 1,492 convictions. The charity also rescued and collected 114,584 animals, carried out 222,664 microchippings and rehomed 44,611 animals. Founded in 1824, it is the oldest and largest animal welfare organisation in the world and is one of the largest charities in the UK. The organisation also does international outreach work across Europe, Africa and Asia.
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Four cats die in suspected Derbyshire poisoningsThe RSPCA believes someone may be deliberately trying to poison pets in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.
Dozens of 'sitting ducks' rescued from motorway“There were ducks everywhere," says the RSPCA officer who weaved between cars to net the birds.
Bat found in boot of car in Hartlepool after 500-mile journey from FranceAnimal is expected to join local colony, RSPCA says
Coronavirus: RSPCA fears a surge of pet abandonmentsCharity hopes rise in home-working will enable more people to bond with their animals.
Police and RSPCA appeal for information over video of woman 'kicking swan' and intervening onlooker pushed into canalWoman tried to separate swans because she thought they were fighting, witnesses say
RSPCA called to plastic parrot's 'sore eyes' in PrestonThe RSPCA inspector says she looked in the cage and saw a pair of solar-powered eyes staring back.
Coventry cat shot with crossbow 'lucky to be alive'The arrow missed all of Shearer's vital organs by millimetres, the RSPCA says.
Baby deer 'close to death' saved by firefighters tackling major blazeFawn had collapsed and stopped breathing so needed oxygen, RSPCA said
People should think twice before getting pets during lockdown, animal charities warnPotential owners 'need to think about their lifestyle when things are back to normal', RSPCA says
Jolyon Maugham will not be prosecuted for killing fox with baseball bat while wearing kimono, RSPCA saysThe RSPCA has said it will not prosecute anti-Brexit campaigner and prominent barrister Jolyon Maugham over his Boxing Day admission on Twitter that he killed a fox with a baseball bat.
RSPCA worker rescues trapped deer using washing-up liquid'It was quicker than washing the dinner pots and so much more rewarding'
Mystery as second pillowcase of snakes found outside fire station'It would have been very stressful for the snakes,' says RSPCA inspector
Pythons dumped in Buzz Lightyear pillowcase in SunderlandThe RSPCA is investigating after 13 snakes were discovered next to a bin in Sunderland.
Get over 'fear' of chlorinated chicken, US tells UK, as RSPCA warns eggs from battery hens may return to supermarkets'This is not a food safety issue, it's an animal welfare issue', charity says
RSCPA Assured probe Hoads Farm after 'shocking' videoRSPCA has "serious concerns" over the apparent state of birds shown in a video released by activists.
Cat who broke into prison rescued by RSPCAInmates shocked as pet scales 25-foot fence and walks along razor wire
Dog left in Blackpool church with note set to be rehomedThe RSPCA said Cracker "won't have to wait long to find a wonderful new family".
Christmas rescues: RSPCA helps stuck deer and sick sealMore than 7,000 animals in need of help were reported to the RSPCA over Christmas.
RSPCA investigating after prominent lawyer admits clubbing fox to deathJolyon Maugham said he was wearing wife's satin kimono when he beat animal to death with baseball bat
RSPCA looks into lawyer Jolyon Maugham's claim he killed fox with baseball batThe charity says it is aware of Jolyon Maugham's "distressing" claim, which was posted on Twitter.
Prominent lawyer sparks backlash with tweet about 'killing fox with baseball bat'RSPCA calls for people to report 'distressing incident' revealed by Jolyon Maugham
New homes for puppies left to die in Gorefield barnThe cockapoo pups needed "round-the-clock" care before they were ready to be rehomed, the RSPCA says.
RSPCA: Rescued pony stars in charity's advertA miniature Shetland pony that was found abandoned in a field is the star of the RSPCA Christmas advert.
Newark charity shop 'unsafe' as car crashes into itThe driver ran away from the scene of crash at the RSPCA charity shop in Nottinghamshire.
CCTV shows moment man kicks cat in street in AudenshawThe RSPCA appealed for help to trace the man and urged anyone with information to come forward.
RSPCA appeal over 'sexually abused' kitten in NottinghamBenny the kitten suffered "severe damage" during the "horrific ordeal" in Nottingham, the RSPCA says.
RSPCA forensic testing kit leads to Nantwich dog owner's convictionThe RSPCA's first bone marrow test proved a man stabbed then drowned his dog in a canal.
101 dachshunds recovered after illegal dog breeding crackdownDogs now in RSPCA care amid ongoing investigation
Horse found impaled on fence 'after it was scared by fireworks''It's so sad to think how frightened he must have been and then in so much distress,' RSPCA worker says
Man filmed laughing and slapping dog across faceOwner 'may be completely unaware' of incident, RSPCA inspector says
Seal found stuck in plastic waste on Norfolk beachThe RSPCA says the young female is unlikely to have survived long with the object stuck on her neck.
New home plea for 'overlooked' RSPCA rescue dogStaffie Faith was found dodging traffic in Bath in 2017 and has been in kennels ever since.
Boa constrictor stuck in fence in Hull freed by RSPCAThe 5ft-long snake was "quite wide" and "wedged" in tight, his rescuer from the RSPCA said.
Dozens offer one-eyed French bulldog Ugly Betty new homeMore than 30 people contact the RSPCA overnight to adopt the "affectionately named" Ugly Betty.
Box of snakes dumped outside Frome vetsThe RSPCA said it was "lucky" the nine corn snakes "were found when they were".
Puppy 'dumped in blood-soaked freezer' at Brenzett puppy farmMark Burgess is found guilty of animal cruelty after his property was raided by the RSPCA.
RSPCA hunt hooded man who dumped bag of tiny kittens in pub toilets'It was touch-and-go as to whether they would survive'
Seal pup on Norfolk Coast drowned after people pushed it into seaThe RSPCA says people thought they were helping the seal pup by putting it back in the water.
Stray 5ft python found at Islington house round boilerThe 5ft long brown and gold snake is being cared for by the RSPCA at its hospital in Putney.
RSPCA seize 65 dogs from van and house on Isle of WightThe animals welfare charity says it is grateful to those who report suspected animal suffering to them.
Latitude Festival: RSPCA critical of pink sheep tradition as pressure growsThe RSPCA and Peta have added to criticism of the "cruel" tradition at Latitude Festival in Suffolk.
RSPCA recognises hedgehog rescuers who took on developerKyra Barboutis and Sophie Smith, both 13, encouraged a housing developer to rethink hedgerow netting.
Sea litter causes 'horrific injury' to Norfolk sealThe grey seal suffered a 2.5cm wound and the rope was removed by a vet, the RSPCA says.
Meerkats spotted running around Essex seafront after man breaks into Southend wildlife centreIt took a team of employees, police officers, PCSOs and RSPCA representatives to return the animals
'Terrified' woman finds snake in Marlow kitchen drawerThe RSPCA says corn snakes are "talented escape artists" but harmless.
Snake found 'abandoned' in Middlesbrough McDonald'sThe RSPCA warns of exotic pets being dumped after the corn snake is discovered in a plastic pot.
Man filmed attacking horse in playing field in NottinghamshireThe RSPCA confirmed it was investigating the footage of the attack, filmed in Nottinghamshire.
Cat shot with crossbow arrow in 'sickening' attack'It's a miracle that no serious damage was done,' says RSPCA
Swan strangled by woman in parkA walker called police and the RSPCA to say the bird was being attacked by a woman