1. Chickens abandoned on village green

    Around 30 chickens have been found abandoned on a village green in Kent.

    RSPCA officers managed to rescue 14 of the birds, and have appealed to people to look out for the rest, which were last seen on The Green in Offham on October 21.

    “There were a mixture of hens and cockerels, and the cockerels had coloured cable ties around their legs,” said RSPCA inspector Kirsten Ormerod.

    This is one of a number of recent incidents where birds have been found abandoned, RSPCA officers said.

    Three cockerels were found in a cardboard box in Hertford on October 13, and two chicks were found abandoned in a box in a park in Gosport on October 22.

    “We understand that circumstances can change and people may find themselves in a difficult situation where they may no longer be able to care for their pets,” added Ms Ormerod.

    “If you’re struggling then we’d urge you to ask for help. Speak to friends or family, contact your vet, or ask a local charity if they can help.”

    The birds rescued from Offham are now being looked after at a local rescue centre and will be cared for until they are well enough to be rehomed.

    One of the rescued cockerels being held by an RSPCA officer
    Image caption: Fourteen, of around 30 chickens, have been rescued so far
  2. Dogs found skinned in Rotherham woodland

    Two dogs were found dead in a wood in Rotherham at the weekend, their bodies completely skinned.

    The RSPCA is investigating after the animals were found by passers-by in a small area of trees near Treeton Dike, on Washfield Lane on Saturday.

    The site where the remains were left

    The dogs were found alongside a skinned rodent - thought to be a rat - next to a black bin liner.

    RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley said: “What’s not clear is whether the bodies have been dumped together in the bag and then dragged out and predated on by wildlife, or whether they were skinned before being dumped in this area.

    “It’s a really shocking sight and I’m extremely concerned that these animals may have suffered before their untimely deaths so I’d like to hear from anyone with any information.”

    From traces of fur left on the dogs it is thought one was black and the other was cream in colour.

    Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA.

  3. Young peregrine falcon 'poisoned with laced bait' in Barnsley

    A peregrine falcon died after eating bait laced with poison, forensic investigations have confirmed.

    The juvenile bird of prey was found poorly in the Fish Dam area of Barnsley on 4 July, and sadly died a short time later.

    Injured peregrine falcon

    Police said an investigation by the Wildlife Investigation Scheme confirmed the bird had been poisoned with Bendiocarb, a highly toxic substance.

    Peregrine falcons are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

    PC Fran Robbs De La Hoyde said: “This was a deliberate act that caused the death of a beautiful and protected bird.

    "I am saddened by this and I am asking for your help to bring those responsible to justice.”

    Tom Grose from the RSPCA added: “Bendiocarb is one of the most commonly-abused substances for killing birds of prey and we have sadly seen it used for this purpose on many occasions.

    "It is illegal to kill these birds, and we urge anyone with information to come forward.”

    Anyone with information is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police.

  4. RSPCA appeals for information over dead dog dumped in skip

    A dead dog has been found in a suitcase dumped in a skip in Barrow, according to the RSPCA.

    Suitcase and skip

    She was found on Monday by workmen renovating a nearby shop on Dalton Road.

    The dog, called Cody, was a grey and white staffy or bulldog type breed, with injuries to her face.

    Anyone with information about what happened to her is asked to contact the RSPCA.

    Quote Message: The skip was empty before the weekend so Cody must have been put there some time over the weekend." from RSPCA inspector Martyn Fletcher
    RSPCA inspector Martyn Fletcher