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‘Significant’ increase in dog cruelty since start of pandemic, RSPCA figures show

Greater Manchester was found to have some of the highest reports of cruelty in the country

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The RSPCA has revealed a significant increase in dog cruelty since the start of the Covid pandemic, with Greater Manchester having some of the highest cases in the country.

New figures released today as part of the animal welfare charity’s Cancel Out Cruelty campaign show that, despite the UK being a famously dog-loving nation, 92,244 dogs were reported to the RSPCA last year as victims of cruelty.

That’s 253 dogs a day and more than ten calls an hour. These statistics also included 10,228 dogs reported as being beaten by their owners.

This is a significant 16% increase since 2020 – when the pandemic took hold – with 79,513 reports of dogs being cruelly treated being made to the charity that year.

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Factoring in the summer holidays and the ongoing cost of living crisis, the RSPCA is concerned that more dogs will fall victim to abuse and abandonment.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr. Samantha Gaines said: “A 16% increase of dogs being cruelly treated in a year is really concerning.

“Every year, we see many dogs coming into our care bearing the physical and mental scars that were inflicted at the hands of the very people who were meant to keep them safe and love them unconditionally.

“We believe there are a number of factors that mean summer is our busiest time. Perhaps there’s boredom or pressures at home with children being off school which can make existing difficulties magnified.

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“This year the cost of living crisis has added a further dimension and we could see people really struggling to care for their pets which may lead them to lash out. We could also see more animals than ever being abandoned or given up.

“All these factors mean that we need the public’s support more than ever to help Cancel Out Cruelty.

“As a charity, we’re ready to tackle a summer of suffering but we can’t do this without your help. We rely on public support to carry on our rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming work.”

The RSPCA also received over 1 million calls to its Cruelty Line for all animals last year, which included 1,094 reports of animals being killed, 632 mutilations and 7,857 beatings.

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Among these, there were 38,087 abandonments reported to the hotline, which equates to more than 100 animals callously abandoned every day.

Figures produced by the charity last month also showed that Greater Manchester has among the highest cases of animal abuse in the country, with there being 553 reports of intentional harm to animals made in the region last year – that’s the second highest rate in the country behind London.

To help prevent further suffering, the RSPCA has launched its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, which aims to raise funds to help save animals in need of help.

Read more about the new campaign here.

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Mount Snowdon has officially changed its name following a petition

The petition got 5,000 signatures

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Mount Snowdon has officially had a name change, following a petition which garnered 5,000 signatures.

A county councillor from Gwynedd brought forward a motion which encouraged the local authority to drop the English name of both Snowdon and Snowdonia, leading to the petition.

Councillor John Pughe Roberts said the reason for implementing the motion was ‘all down to respect’ for both Wales and the Welsh language.

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The petition urged the National Park to formally use the Welsh names Eryri for Snowdonia and Yr Wyddfa for Snowdon.

And now, the Snowdonia National Park Authority will use both Welsh names, rather than the English versions.

Officials at the National Park voted in favour of the move earlier this month, saying it was ‘a mark of respect for our cultural heritage’.

Naomi Jones, head of cultural heritage at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said: ”Many public bodies across Wales have moved to use both the Welsh and English names, or the Welsh name only, when referring to Yr Wyddfa and Eryri, as have many of the mainstream English-language press and filming companies.

“This is very encouraging, and gives us confidence that this change in the Authority’s approach will be accepted for the benefit of the Welsh language and as a mark of respect to our cultural heritage.

“We have historic names in both languages, but we are eager to consider the message we wish to convey about place names, and the role they have to play in our current cultural heritage by promoting the Welsh language as one of the National Park’s special qualities.

“By referring to our most renowned landmarks by their Welsh names we give people from all over the world the opportunity to engage with the Welsh language and its rich culture.”

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However, the National Park will still legally have to use both the Welsh and English names in any official documentation.

Snowdon is one of the most well-known landmarks in the UK, and stands at 3,560ft – making it the highest mountain in Wales.

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Man arrested following three attempted kidnappings of schoolgirls

A 33-year-old was arrested.

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Police have arrested a man following their release of CCTV footage featuring a car they believe was used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle reportedly attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on November 21st.

Detectives also think the same man ‘possibly’ tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

Now police have confirmed that a 33-year-old man was arrested by officers today, Monday November 28th, on suspicion of three counts of attempted kidnap.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Officers identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield, of GMP’s Salford CID, said: “Although we have made this arrest, we are still very much looking to speak to anyone who may have information or dashcam footage, which could help us to establish the circumstances.

“We understand that the local community will be concerned but we are doing all we can to solve this investigation.

“I’d urge anyone who knows anything at all to please get in touch as soon as possible. In particular we are interested in the movements of a Black Vauxhall Astra 08 plate with a silver driver’s wing mirror cover; the passenger side is black.”

Police are still keen to speak to anyone with dashcam footage from the following times:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm
  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am
  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

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Police believe this car was used in three attempted kidnappings of schoolgirls

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Police have released CCTV footage of a car they believe was used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on November 21st.

Detectives also think the same man tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield said: “It’s very important that we get this man identified and off the streets as soon as possible.”

Police have identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Anyone with dashcam footage from the following times, officers are keen to speak to you:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm

  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am

  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

 

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