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Top dogs: Staffies named as nation's favourite are also most likely to be abused

As the British public name Staffies the nation’s favourite breed - RSPCA reveals that these popular pooches are sadly most likely to end up in rescue

Staffordshire bull terriers have been named as Britain’s Favourite Dog much to the delight of RSPCA centres across England & Wales.

The beloved Staffie topped a list of the country’s favourite 100 dogs as thousands cast their votes on Tuesday night (29 January) for ITV’s ‘Britain’s Top 100 Dogs Live’, hosted by Ben Fogle and Sara Cox.

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Matted, filthy dog rescued from ‘hellish’ conditions is now prize-winning pooch!

RSPCA officers rescued 22 matted, filthy dogs from a home earlier this year

When you look into Hobbit’s bright eyes and stroke her glossy, fluffy coat you’d think she’d always lived the life of Riley.

But last year the poor two-year-old was living in disgusting conditions, in her own filth with 21 other dogs.

Hobbit and her friends were rescued from a home on the border of Hampshire and Wiltshire by RSPCA officers in March after complaints* to the charity about the dogs and the conditions they were living in.

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Pooches with popular names hope to find paw-fect homes

Could you offer a home to one of our Lola’s? Or perhaps you’d like to give Alfie a second chance?

The top five dog names have been revealed - and the RSPCA is hoping it’ll help these paw-fect rescue pooches find their fur-ever homes!

The Pets At Home Pet Name Finder has revealed the most popular dog names are Alfie, Bella, Charlie, Lola and Poppy. The RSPCA is hoping prospective dog owners might consider giving a rescue dog with one of these popular monikers a loving new home.

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Tiny puppy dumped on coldest night of the year will be warm and loved this Christmas - with the woman who rescued him!

Once Patterdale terrier pup Elfie went home with RSPCA officer Heather Cook it was clear he’d never be leaving…!

Parts of England were submerged in snowdrifts and in other corners of the country the temperature had dropped to -13C. So when a tiny six-week-old terrier puppy was found dumped in a cardboard box in Manchester it was a miracle the vulnerable baby had survived.

Patterdale terrier pup Elfie was shivering when he was found by a woman who was walking to the shop on 12 December, just weeks before Christmas.

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Is your dog or cat insured?

RSPCA urges owners to insure their pets

Pet insurance can help save thousands of pounds in vet fees
The RSPCA is raising awareness about the importance of pet insurance as owners reveal their own nightmare experiences.

The oldest and biggest animal welfare charity is raising awareness on the importance of insuring pets to help with the cost of those unexpected accidents and illnesses and avoid hefty vet bills, sometimes costing thousands of pounds.

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Get a Santa snap with your dog at Battersea

This December, a very special guest will be paying a visit to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor.

On Saturday 8 December from 10am till 4pm, Santa Claus will be visiting the Berkshire-based rehoming centre to give dog owners the chance to have a festive photoshoot with their four-legged family members.

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Can you help Snoop see his first Xmas?

RSPCA centre launches appeal to raise £2,000 for puppy’s life-saving surgery.

The RSPCA has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to pay for life-saving surgery for a little puppy in Yorkshire.

Snoop was rescued by the charity earlier this month when his owners were unable to afford his ongoing veterinary costs.

The 10-week-old pup has been at the RSPCA’s Doncaster & Rotherham branch for two weeks.

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Councils need more funds or animals could suffer says RSPCA

New report from charity reveals the scale of difficulty councils face in providing animal welfare services.

The RSPCA today warned that animals could suffer as councils are being expected to deliver more welfare work with no extra money.

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Man banned from keeping pets for selling sick Christmas puppies to families

Man sentenced for animal welfare offences after breeding and selling sick dogs

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for his involvement in running a puppy farm in his partner’s backyard in Kent.

Glen Hayes (DoB: 11/07/65) of Beatty Avenue, Gillingham, appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Monday (26 November) for a sentencing hearing having been convicted earlier this month of 10 animal welfare offences.

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Leave a gift to help animals in need this Giving Tuesday

It cost more than £200,000 to feed the dogs in RSPCA care last year.

This is why the RSPCA is highlighting the importance of legacies this Giving Tuesday (November 27).

Giving Tuesday is the time of year when we are encouraged to think about what we can give back to charities. Even if you can’t make a donation today, leaving a legacy means you can make a lasting impact to animals. Legacies are the lifeblood of charities and helps to fund more than half of the RSPCA’s vital work.

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220 - Keeping dogs safe from theft, loss and heat stroke

We all want to keep our dogs as safe, happy and healthy as possible - but there are so many dangers out there. Debbie Matthews founded Vets Get Scanning after her dogs were stolen, and has spent the last 14 years campaigning to increase the chance of missing and lost dogs of being reunited with their owners. You can help make our dogs safer. Dr Michael Becker is a critical care veterinarian who has everything you need to know about heatstroke in dogs. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.