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Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Charity operating in England and Wales

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Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Charity operating in England and Wales
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.


Timelapse of wildlife enjoying feeding stations after January bushfires [Video]

Timelapse of wildlife enjoying feeding stations after January bushfires

Motion-activated cameras capture wildlife feeding at some of the 62 stations across the island in Australia

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:30Published
Meet Britain's 'loneliest dog' [Video]

Meet Britain's 'loneliest dog'

Terrier cross Diefer has been dubbed 'Britain's loneliest dog' after spending 438 days and counting awaiting adoption at an RSPCA shelter in Sheffield.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:39Published
Badger rescued after being stuck 6ft down flooded drain [Video]

Badger rescued after being stuck 6ft down flooded drain

An RSPCA officer came to the rescue of a badger that found herself stuck at the bottom of a flooded drain. RSPCA animal collection officer John Greaves was called to a property in Bradford after a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:39Published

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The RSPCA is investigating after 13 snakes were discovered next to a bin in Sunderland.
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RSPCA has "serious concerns" over the apparent state of birds shown in a video released by activists.
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Cat who broke into prison rescued by RSPCA

Inmates shocked as pet scales 25-foot fence and walks along razor wire
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Dog left in Blackpool church with note set to be rehomed

The RSPCA said Cracker "won't have to wait long to find a wonderful new family".
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Christmas rescues: RSPCA helps stuck deer and sick seal

More than 7,000 animals in need of help were reported to the RSPCA over Christmas.
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RSPCA investigating after prominent lawyer admits clubbing fox to death

Jolyon Maugham said he was wearing wife's satin kimono when he beat animal to death with baseball bat
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RSPCA looks into lawyer Jolyon Maugham's claim he killed fox with baseball bat

The charity says it is aware of Jolyon Maugham's "distressing" claim, which was posted on Twitter.
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Prominent lawyer sparks backlash with tweet about 'killing fox with baseball bat'

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A miniature Shetland pony that was found abandoned in a field is the star of the RSPCA Christmas advert.
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CCTV shows moment man kicks cat in street in Audenshaw

The RSPCA appealed for help to trace the man and urged anyone with information to come forward.
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RSPCA appeal over 'sexually abused' kitten in Nottingham

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RSPCA forensic testing kit leads to Nantwich dog owner's conviction

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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
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Owner 'may be completely unaware' of incident, RSPCA inspector says
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Seal found stuck in plastic waste on Norfolk beach

The RSPCA says the young female is unlikely to have survived long with the object stuck on her neck.
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The RSPCA said it was "lucky" the nine corn snakes "were found when they were".
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RSPCA hunt hooded man who dumped bag of tiny kittens in pub toilets

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Latitude Festival: RSPCA critical of pink sheep tradition as pressure grows

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The grey seal suffered a 2.5cm wound and the rope was removed by a vet, the RSPCA says.
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