News The team at RSPCA East Winch are looking after injured seal pups following a tidal surge on the Norfolk coast.

Almost 100 pups were separated from their mothers in December's storms

My Week: Suzy Gale

The office manager for her MP husband on a week in which her job became threatened by the Kelly report

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall... but don't worry, he'll be fine

The BBC has softened the ending to the nursery rhyme

Daughter wins RSPCA inheritance battle

A university lecturer today won her three-year legal battle against the RSPCA over the right to inherit her parents’ £2m farm. The bitterly-contested courtroom tussle has left both sides with enormous legal bills and could have important ramifications for charities which rely heavily on bequests to fund them.

Co-op takes top prize in animal welfare awards

The Co-operative Group has won an animal welfare award sponsored by The Independent for improving the lives of 20 million chickens.

Co-op wins animal welfare award

The Co-operative Group has won an animal welfare award sponsored by The Independent for improving the lives of 20 million chickens.

Cyanide sparks River Trent pollution probe

An investigation was under way today into how untreated sewage and cyanide made its way into part of one of the country's major rivers.

Man forced cat to inhale cannabis

A man who was filmed on a mobile phone forcing a cat to inhale cannabis before swinging it round his head like a lasso was banned from keeping animals for 10 years today.

RSPCA warns dog-lovers to beware of pet-shop puppy traffickers

Families planning to buy a new puppy for the kids during the summer holidays are being urged to do their homework before rushing off to the pet shop.

Vote in the Indy's animal welfare awards

Three British supermarket chains are in the running for an animal welfare award sponsored by the Independent.

Muffy the dog returns nine years on

Nine years after vanishing from outside her Australian family's home, Muffy the dog was reunited with her eager owners today after completing a mysterious journey of 1,200 miles.

Magical Muffy gives us all paws for thought

Nine years after she first disappeared and 1,200 miles from home... missing mutt makes a dramatic reappearance

Dog found nine years on, 1,200 miles away

Nine years after vanishing from outside her Australian family's home, Muffy the dog was found alive and well this month in another backyard — 1,200 miles away — officials said today.

Red sky at night, coastguards' fright

Maritime authorities are having to deal with a spate of false alarms as Chinese lanterns are mistaken for distress flares.

Dvorak Rusalka, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, East Sussex

It helps to have a masterpiece as your starting point – and Dvorak’s Rusalka is certainly that – but when you’ve a director as painfully honest and unpretentious as Melly Still and a conductor, in Jiri Belohlavek, whose intent is not merely to conduct the piece but to honour it as a treasured part of his heritage, then we’re talking a very special alchemy around what we hear, see, and feel.

Heatwave calls flooded ambulance service

A&E departments across the country saw a substantial rise in elderly patients and children suffering from heat-related conditions last week, according to the College of Emergency Medicine.

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