Outcry as pooch owners face hefty fees to reclaim missing pets

By Oliver Farrimond

SCOTS dog-owners are facing steep charges to reclaim their beloved pets if they go missing.

The price of claiming back missing pets can be up to £300, and animal welfare groups have inundated with complaints.

If unclaimed, the pets can be sold on or even destroyed.

Animal Concern spokesman John Collins called the situation “heartbreaking”.

He said: “Many people, especially the elderly and those on low incomes, will find it very difficult to make the repeated trips to animal welfare centres looking for their dog. Continue reading

Owner of dog hunted after swan found mauled

By Oliver Farrimond

A “CALLOUS” dog owner is being hunted after a mute swan was found with brutal bite injuries at Port Seton in East Lothian.

Passers-by found the bird, whose injuries were so severe it had to be put down, on a beach at around 10am on Saturday (28th Aug).

And now inspectors are hunting for the owner of the dog, which is believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier. Continue reading

Pup found dumped in with rubbish

Biffa with animal care assistant Georgina Morris

By Cara Sulieman

A CALLOUS owner is being hunted after abandoning a young puppy in a bin cupboard.

The eight-week-old pup was rescued after a resident in the high rise flats heard his cries and went to have a look.

The black and white collie cross – named Biffa by staff at the Scottish SPCA – had been put in a box and left in the cupboard at an Edinburgh high rise.

He was found on Monday and has since been recovering at the charity’s rehoming centre in Dumbarton where he has become a hit with staff.

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Injured Falcon Wings Way To A&E for Treatment

By Oliver Farrimond

A PLUCKY Peregrine falcon showed impressive street-smarts after it was attacked by a gang of crows – by heading straight to A&E for treatment.

Delta the falcon winged his way to one of Scotland’s busiest emergency departments after being mobbed by crows while carrying out his role as a bird-scarer.

The bird was found concussed in a footwell outside Glasgow Royal Infirmary and given treatment before the SSPCA were called.

John Campbell, 46, was having his leg plastered at the hospital when he witnessed the drama unfold. Continue reading

SSPCA reveals last year was “worst in recent memory” for “sickening” animal abuse

By Rory Reynolds

SCOTLAND’s animal welfare charity has dubbed last year “the worst in recent memory” for shocking animal cruelty.

The SSPCA said that the sheer severity of cruelty consistently shocked investigators, who have found animals that have been stabbed, starved, shot and set on fire.

They highlighted one appalling case in which one drunk owner blasted their tiny staffie dog in the head 13 times with an airgun, before leaving it for dead, while another unsolved case saw a dog tied up and burned to death.

The charity body – which can pursue its own cases against offenders in the courts – dealt with an increase in incidents and rescues of more than 25 per cent from 2007.

Last night Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said that his officers have had to deal with “sickening and harrowing scenes” in 2009 in particular. Continue reading

Mountain hare found hopping down high street

The hare being released back into the wild

By Cara Sulieman

A MOUNTAIN hare found on a high street in the snow has been released back into the wild after being treated for concussion.

A concerned passer-by called the Scottish SPCA after finding the animal hopping along Lauder High Street in Berwickshire.

Confused and out of his natural habitat, the animal was sporting his white winter camouflage.

Ambulance driver Mairi Stewart, who picked him up, thought he might have been concussed and that might be why he was found on the busy road.

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Dog sex video man spared prison spell

By Michael MacLeod

A MAN who twice filmed himself having sex with his dog has been put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for two years.

John Kerr, 30, has also been banned from keeping animals as pets without permission from social workers.

He was caught when he left his mobile phone – containing videos of the disgusting attacks – behind a couch at a friend’s flat in Edinburgh’s Kirk Street.

The clips were reported to police, who told Scottish SPCA officers to seize the Staffordshire bull terrier from Kerr.

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