Dog rescued from deep hole in Derby

A trapped Yorkshire Terrier has been rescued by the RSPCA and the fire service after a member of the public heard her crying for help from a 10ft hole in Derby wasteland.

The tiny terrier, named Peanut, is thought to have been dumped in the former Rolls-Royce factory site, and RSPCA inspector Chris Shaw believes that she would have “perished away” if she hadn’t been found.

“I walked over, I found her, and then I shone my torch down this large hole, it was at least 10ft deep, and sure enough here was this little dog,” said Mr Shaw. “She just started to scream, and scream and scream, obviously wanting to get out as soon as possible.”

Peanut is now being looked after by the RSPCA in Derby and appears to have no injuries to show for her traumatic experience.

Mr Shaw has asked that anyone with any information regarding previous owners of the dog contacts the RSPCA as soon as possible.


Unwanted Christmas puppies face abandonment

We all remember the television campaign, but it seems that many people still think of dogs as the perfect Christmas present, without considering the long term commitment.

Leading animal charity RSPCA fears that a number of puppies are already being abandoned after finding a puppy dumped in a pillowcase under the M53.

The puppy, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull terrier cross-breed, was handed to the RSPCA in Wirral last week after a passer-by found her tied to the motorway bridge.

A black Shar Pei was also discovered nearby, fuelling the charities concerns.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes has highlighted the importance of responsible ownership. He said: “People don’t realise that it is a criminal matter to just dump a pet you are responsible for and if caught, you will be put in front of magistrates.“

He continued: “A sad scared little puppy dumped and left to die in freezing weather, it’s appalling. If people want a pet then they should, after a lot of thought, concentrate wholeheartedly on being a good owner and meeting the animal’s needs.”

Thankfully, this puppy’s ordeal is now over, and she has been taken in by Wirral and Chester RSPCA where staff say she is doing well.

‘K’ marks the spot of dog thefts in Cheshire

Gangs of dog thieves in the Alsager area, Chesire, have been identifying their victims with a letter ‘K’ on their driveways, police revealed.

Lookouts have been leaving a ‘K’ in crayon or spray paint in owners driveways to identify houses with valuable dogs that are worth stealing and selling.

Burglars then return later and take the dogs in an online black market trade, selling them for thousands of pounds a time.

Police estimate that there has been a 17 per cent increase in dog thefts in the UK over the last year, with 3,500 thefts reported in 2012.

Dog thieves regularly steal from back gardens or outhouses but there has been an increase in dog thefts from inside houses and on dog walks.

The RSPCA has suggested that owners report any suspicious behaviour to the police, and that dogs should be supervised while in a secure garden.

It is also highly advisable that dog owners get their dogs microchipped; although it is hard to find dogs once they are stolen, there are a number of cases where new owners have taken their dog to the vets and found out via the microchip that they belong to someone else.

There are a number of breeds being targeted including trained working dogs, chihuahuas and other ‘designer’ breeds, fighting dogs and, more recently, there has been a rise in the theft of cocker spaniels after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge adopted one of their own.