Animal cruelty stories

Here you'll read stories which represent just a limited number of the animal cruelty or neglect cases that we come across on a regular basis.

Warning: You may find some of the details in these stories upsetting

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Artificial badger sett for illegal dog training
Artificial badger sett built to train dogs badger baiting

Artificial badger sett built to train dogs badger baiting

White and ginger cat who was thrown into the air © RSPCA
Cat thrown into the air for a "prank"

A cat was thrown into the air as a "prank" with no regard for his wellbeing.

Dog just about survives being left in hot car © RSPCA
Dog survives hot car trauma

Crossbreed dog had a very lucky escape after he was spotted by members of the public left tied up in the boot of a car on a sweltering June day.

X-ray of Herring gull with air rifle pellet in body
Herring gull shot dead

A 19-year-old man shot dead two adult herring gulls that were nesting with their three chicks.

Magistrate found to be neglecting her pet dogs severe skin condition

A role model for law and order was convicted for causing unnecessary suffering to her two West Highland white terriers.

Mischief after care © RSPCA
Cat shot and left to suffer

A cat was left to suffer after his owner tried to DIY the injury.

Archie after coming into our care © RSPCA
Man deliberately breaks his dogs back

A man who fractured his dog's spine and left him with extensive bruising was disqualified from keeping animals for life.

Video capture of pigeon being attacked
Video shows man trying to kill or injure pigeon

A social media video shows a man trying to kill or injure a pigeon with a full bottle of water.

Collie after being in our care and with new owner © RSPCA
Over 175 animals found dead

A woman was disqualified from keeping animals for life after she admitted causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of a large number of animals in her care.

Sally the dog after care © RSPCA
Puppy farmer puts profits over duty of care

A man who disregarded animal welfare to make a profit from puppies was disqualified from keeping dogs for life.

Horse Marley in a stable © RSPCA
Five neglected ponies

Five neglected ponies with extremely overgrown hooves were found living in a filthy barn standing on top of deep, dirty bedding.

Horse Jet after coming into our care © RSPCA
Neglected Fell pony Jet

Fell pony Jet was in very poor body condition when our inspector first saw him.

Lucy after care © RSPCA
Dog caused mental fear from abuse

Lucy was caused mental fear and terror by her owner shouting at her.

Guinea pigs in our care © RSPCA
48 guinea pigs kept in inappropriate conditions

Our inspector found guinea pigs confined within plastic contains in a garden shed.

Chicken killed with crossbow

A man who shot a tethered chicken with crossbow bolts was disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

tabby cat bleeding from mouth © RSPCA
Young Jazz survives horrific abuse

Jazz was beaten, punched, kicked, strangled and thrown but survived her ordeal and has since been happily rehomed.

Luna the lurcher was left with an exposed metal plate in her leg
Lurcher left with exposed metal plate
Poor Luna was left by her owner with a metal leg plate exposed to the elements.