RSPCA Will Reject Unwanted Pets To Cut Costs

The RSPCA is to turn away unwanted pets from animal rescue centres in an attempt to save money during the recession. The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) has been taking in animals for more than 180 years. But membership is falling and the charity needs to save more than £50 million over the next three years.

At the same time there has been a signifincant rise in the number of animals abandoned by owners who could no longer afford pets during the credit crunch An internal document advises staff that pets suffering cruelty and neglect must be given priority.
This will mean rejecting thousands of animals brought into RSPCA centres every year, sometimes with excuses such as the animals are no longer in fashion or the owners are going on holiday.

The charity will continue to take in animals abandoned anonymously, except stray dogs which are the responsibility of the local authority. But owners bringing in unwanted pets will be directed to another charity or given advice on how to look after the animal.Tim Wass, Head of Inspectorate, said the RSPCA has been “the dustbin for society’s animals” but the charity cannot afford to keep on taking in every unwanted pet.He said 75,000 animals are re-homed every year but all centres are currently full and the charity has a duty to concentrate on animals suffering cruelty and neglect.
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Cat Stranded Up Tree For Seven Days Because Fire Brigade's Ladder Was Too Short

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A cat spent seven days stuck 100ft up a giant redwood tree, with her rescue delayed because the fire brigade’s ladder was too short. The cat, named Tiggs, shot up the tree after being scared by a dog in a neighbouring garden at her home in Buckden, near St Neots, Cambs.

Owners Natasha Moore, 22, and daughter Chloe, four, hunted for their missing one-year-old pet but only heard her cries from the lofty branch five days later. They called in the fire brigade and the RSPCA, but the 45ft ladder on the engine was still more than 50ft short of reaching her perch 100ft above ground.

Crews said it was not safe to clamber any further up the tree, and extra ladders were unsuitable.
After another two days trying to tempt her down, Natasha and Chloe were advised by the RSPCA to call in specialist tree surgeons.They sent an employee to clamber up the tree using ropes and pulleys and rescued Tiggs in less than 15 minutes on Monday, seven days after she disappeared on April 5.
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Crufts 2010 Won By Hungarian Vizsla Called Yogi

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A Hungarian Vizsla named Yogi has won Best In Show at Crufts.The seven-year-old beat off competition from six other dogs in the culmination of the four-day show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).Yogi is the first Hungarian Vizsla to win Best in Show. Handler John Thirlwell said his “wonderful dog” from Carlisle, Cumbria, is likely to retire.

Rico, a Scottish Terrier from Russia, took second prize at Crufts, the largest dog show in the world.And Judge Valerie Foss said of the winning dog: “He is such a lovely mover, so powerful, so free.”He is just a very, very good dog.”The Kennel Club said nearly 22,000 dogs across 187 breeds were entered into this year’s Best in Show competition.

‘Wonderful diversity’Thousands had packed the arena to cheer on the finalists. Earlier, judging of the Gundog category, which Yogi won, was interrupted by a streaker.The dog showcase was broadcast on More4 this year after the BBC – which began screening Crufts in 1966 – announced it was dropping its coverage in 2008.
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Government Wants Competence Tests Before You Can Be A Dog Owner

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Every dog owner will have to take a costly ‘competence test’ to prove they can handle their pets, under new Government proposals designed to curb dangerous dogs.Owners of all breeds would also have to buy third-party insurance in case their pet attacked someone, and pay for the insertion of a microchip in their animal recording their name and address.

The proposals are among a range of measures to overhaul dog laws in England and Wales being considered by senior Ministers, who are expected to announce a public consultation within weeks.But critics said responsible dog owners would be penalised by yet more red tape and higher bills – one expert estimated the extra costs at £60 or more – while irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs would just ignore the measures.

They added that genuine dog lovers could end up paying for efforts to control a small number of ‘devil dogs’ that terrorised socially deprived areas.The RSPCA said last night it would welcome a review of legislation which has failed to curb the numbers of dangerous dogs that can attack, and sometimes kill, children and adults.
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ITV Fined £1,600 For Cruelty Over 'Rat Risotto'

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ITV has been fined £1,670 for cruelty to animals over an episode of “I’m A Celebrity.. ” which saw contestants kill and eat a rat, a spokesman said on Monday.The broadcaster was taken to court by the RSPCA in Australia in December after two of the reality show contestants caught a rat and killed it in a bid to feed their starving team mates.

Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo and soap star Stuart Manning were both charged with animal cruelty after the stunt in which the creature was served up with rice and beans.D’Acampo, who went on to win the show, said: “I saw one of these rats running around. I got a knife, I got its throat, I picked it up.”The RSPCA said that killing a rat as part of a TV stunt was “not acceptable”.
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ITV Fined £1,600 For Cruelty Over 'Rat Risotto'

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ITV has been fined £1,670 for cruelty to animals over an episode of “I’m A Celebrity.. ” which saw contestants kill and eat a rat, a spokesman said on Monday.The broadcaster was taken to court by the RSPCA in Australia in December after two of the reality show contestants caught a rat and killed it in a bid to feed their starving team mates.

Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo and soap star Stuart Manning were both charged with animal cruelty after the stunt in which the creature was served up with rice and beans.D’Acampo, who went on to win the show, said: “I saw one of these rats running around. I got a knife, I got its throat, I picked it up.”The RSPCA said that killing a rat as part of a TV stunt was “not acceptable”.
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Professional Dog-Handler Jailed For Allowing Dog To Die Of Heatstroke

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A security firm worker who allowed a dog to die of heatstroke in a van has been jailed for three months, the RSPCA said tonight.Lee Ellerton, 37, was also banned from keeping all animals for life after being found guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates’ Court of six charges under the Animal Welfare Act.

The RSPCA said the sentence handed down to Ellerton, of Burslem, Staffordshire, should send out a message that such offences were unacceptable.The defendant, a professional dog-handler, left two dogs in a van parked in Abbey Hulton on July 1 last year, one of the hottest days of last summer.In a statement issued after today’s hearing, the RSPCA said a member of the public had alerted the charity to the dogs’ plight.

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