Category: Animals

March 31st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

BAILEY, the family dog which went missing in the woods at East Court yesterday, has been found safe and well this morning, said reader Stacey Bird.

“We think she was stuck in the Ambulance station at East Court overnight. She obviously came to the car park looking for mum and found her way in there, and she is now at home, well, dry –  and hungry.”

Stacey thanked everyone who had helped look for Bailey or who spread the word via social media.

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March 30th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

STACEY Bird has asked us to put out an alert for a family dog which was lost  in the woods at East Court this morning. Stacey says her parents, from Lingfield Road,  were walking two family pets, Bailey and her brother Billy, which both  went missing. Billy returned after three hours, but Bailey is still on the loose.

Bailey is a Welsh Terrier Lakeland Jack Russell cross. She has been neutered and has a docked tail. She is three years old, is micro chipped, has a tag with phone number and is wearing a harness, and has recently been clipped.

If you spot Bailey, please contact her owners on 07973 548908.


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March 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THIS lovely black and white dog has been found on the Lingfield Road. If  it is yours, or you know to whom it belongs, contact Mandy Regenass on for details of how to recover him.

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March 23rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SIDNEY is 13-year-old black cat with a white bib and only one eye. But he’s a “lovely boy” says an RSPCA spokesman at the Godstone centre, and he needs someone to take him home and love him.

He had no luck finding a new home at another RSPCA facility, so staff and volunteers at Godstone are hoping he will have better luck now that he has moved locally.

“It would be lovely if he could find a home where someone is at home for part of the day to give him chance to settle into his new environment. He may take him time to adjust to life in a home as he has become used to the routine of the cattery, but Sidney doesn’t let his disability hold him back.

“We would like him to find a home in a quiet area with access outside once he is fully settled, away from busy roads or railways.

“He would best suit children of secondary school age. He was relaxed when introduced to other cats here at the centre, so with careful introductions he could possibly find a new home with an existing cat.

“Come and make Sidney’s day and come down to the centre and see if he is the one for you.”

If Sidney sounds like the cat for your family contact the South Godstone Animal Centre:

Telephone: 0300 123 0741


Opening hours: 11.30am-4pm every day except Wednesday

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March 17th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EMERGENCY surgery from Portland Vets has saved the life of Molly, a three-year-old Springer Spaniel which had a soft toy wedged in her bowel. 

Molly, who is owned by Martin Johnston and his wife Sue from East Grinstead, appeared to be off-colour after coming home from holiday.

The couple thought she might just be “sulking” after being in kennels while they were away but when she was still lethargic and uninterested in anything but sleeping after 48 hours back at home they rushed her to the Portland clinic.

Vet Kate Davis felt a spherical lump in Molly’s bowel and an x-ray by her colleague Laura Sulsh confirmed a blockage.

During the subsequent operation, Laura removed a squishy round toy from Molly, together with a length of dead bowel, which would have quickly become life-threatening.

She explained “When objects, like this toy, become wedged inside a dog surgery to remove it is the only option and it must be done quickly before the dog’s insides become too badly damaged.  We operated on Molly in the nick of time and it is great to see her on the road to recovery.”

Relieved owner Martin added:  “Molly has a track record of eating things she shouldn’t but we still can’t believe she ate this toy.   It’s a reminder to all dog owners about the need to check the toys we give them to play with and to act quickly if we suspect there is something wrong.  We were so worried about Molly and are very relieved to have her back home with us.  We hope she will be a little more sensible about what she eats in future and we will certainly be keeping a very close eye on her!”

Portland Vets is based at 27 Portland Road, East Grinstead and can be contacted on 01342 327799.

Photo: Molly with Head Nurse Natasha Bicknell who was in charge of Molly’s care during her recovery. 

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March 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

DOG owners have until 6 April to microchip their pets in compliance with a new law to make dogs traceable.

The Dogs Trust has welcomed the news, saying micro-chipping has a number of welfare benefits, including:

  • All puppies will be traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer
  • Deterrent to dog theft
  • Allows for rapid return – local authorities will be able to emphasise to the dog owners concerned that straying is not acceptable, the intention being that this education will lessen the likelihood of a dog straying again and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty
  • Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures
  • Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly


As a special offer ahead of the new legislation coming into force, Portland Vets is offering their microchipping service for £15. Please call 01342 327799 to book an appointment.

For more information go to:

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March 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

KATE Brookes has shared a picture she took of Imberhorne Lane this morning where she spotted a flock of sheep being herded along by a black sheepdog. Kate says one of the joys of living in the town is that “East Grinstead never fails to surprise me!”

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March 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

MARBLE is a male lop-eared tan and grey bunny of about one. He was found as a stray and sadly no one came forward to collect him so he needs a new “forever” home.

A spokesman for the RSPCA at South Godstone said: “On arrival we found that he was quite underweight, but he is eating well now so we believe it was through lack of a proper and regular diet.

“Marble is a very friendly and inquisitive little bunny so we feel he could live with any age children. He can become a little spooked initially but once he is picked up he enjoys a gentle fuss made of him.

“We would like to find Marble a home with an existing neutered female for companionship or we could pair him up with one of our girls here at the centre.

“He will need a large hutch to live in and an outside run to enjoy stretching his legs and getting some much needed grass.”

If you want a real bunny this Easter contact the  South Godstone Animal Centre. Telephone: 0300 123 0741, or Email:

Opening hours: 11.30am to 4pm every day except Wednesday.

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March 14th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

“POPULAR and sporting” Members of Parliament, East Grinstead’s Sir Nicholas Soames, in a splendid flat cap, and Nick Herbert, who represents Arundel and the South Downs, met to enjoy an afternoon of country sport at the Crawley and Horsham point-to-point over the weekend.

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March 11th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

TRUDY is a smooth-coated, black, chestnut and white Guinea Pig of about two, who was found filthy and foodless in an overcrowded home.

She has been living happily with Merle at the RSPCA shelter at South Godstone, but she would like a real home of her own either with Merle or with a group of other females.

An RSPCA spokesman said “Trudy is still getting used to being handled by us but has improved with daily handling. She should be fine to live with children around the age of six, and would love to have lots of hiding places in her new hutch and access to an outside run in the warmer weather.”

If you could offer Trudy, and maybe Merle too,  a warm and loving home contact the RSPCA at their South Godstone Animal Centre

Telephone: 0300 123 0741

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March 8th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX police have issued a warning to dog owners following reports of the worst slaughter of sheep in living memory after more than 100 were found dead in a field in West Dean, near Chichester.

The horrific discovery was made by farmer Gordon Wyeth at the West Dean Estate yesterday afternoon (March 7). The sheep, many of them pregnant, had been herded into a tight group against a fence and gate bordering woodland where they had panicked and had either died from shock or by being crushed in the flock.

A total of 116 sheep, worth about £17,000, died in the field just north of the A286, near the old railway bridge at the eastern end of the village.

Sergeant Tom Carter from Sussex Police said: “I have never seen or heard of sheep-worrying on this scale before and this was a terrible sight. While there are no signs of any of the animals being savaged, we are all but 100 per cent certain that their deaths were brought about by dogs.

“The flock was last checked around lunchtime on Sunday, so the incident could have occurred at any time over the next 24 hours. However, if as we suspect, it was a dog attack, it may well have happened in daylight and we want to hear from anyone with information about it.

“This is not just about the Mr Wyeth’s livelihood – and it will cost him at least another £2,000 to dispose of the carcasses – but also his emotional attachment to the animals that he has raised and nurtured.”

James Osman, the National Farmers’ Union adviser for Sussex, said: “This is the worst incident of its kind in living memory and talking to colleagues around the country, the number of deaths is double what we have come across in the past.

“We are in full support of the police’s efforts to discover whose dog or dogs were responsible and urge anyone with information to get in touch with them.”

Sgt Carter continued: “We have seen a rise in sheep-worrying incidents and as Spring approaches more dog owners will be heading for the countryside to exercise their pets. We urge people to keep their dogs on a lead while they are walking in rural areas and around livestock. So often in these incidents the owners are horrified by what their dogs have done, but they have to accept that even the most docile of pets can quickly turn into a killer given the opportunity.”

“A farmer can legally shoot a dog that is chasing livestock and seek compensation from the person responsible for the animal, so please don’t take the risk.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to email or call 101 quoting serial 862 of 07/03.

Photo top: a sheep which was found savaged on the Ashdown Forest last summer

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March 5th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

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March 5th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

PRIMROSE is a brown one-year-old Lion head crossbreed who would love to find a new home for Easter.

A spokesman for the RSPCA at South Godstone Allen called her “a very friendly young rabbit” whose previous owner could no longer care for her.

“She can be a little shy at first but will nicely sit on your lap for a cuddle. Primrose enjoys time out on the grass enjoying the sun and she would love to find a home with an existing neutered male for company – or we could potentially pair her with one of our males here at the centre.

“If Primrose is to go to a home with an existing bunny they will need seperate accommodation until they are fully bonded and it will be important to allow her the time to settle and gradually introduce the two bunnies.

“As she is a sweet little bunny we feel she should be fine to live with children around five so long as an adult is present when she is being handled.”

To find out more contact the: South Godstone Animal Centre
Telephone: 0300 123 0741
Opening hours:
11.30am to 4pm every day, except Wednesday.

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March 1st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline
WE have carried several stories recently about thoughtless dog owners bagging their pet’s poo and then simply leaving it behind tied to trees or abandoned in verges.
But it seems one user of Eden Vale has reached the end of their tether with the poo problem.
A yellow warning cone has now been placed by several rotting bags of poo and plastic by an irate path user who has written a notice on it demanding Stop Leaving Bags of Poo in the Woods, says reader Angela Kyle who shared this photo.

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February 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

CARA is a ten-year-old short haired tortoiseshell cat in need of a quiet new home to share with her companion cat Iona.

The pair arrived in November and have been waiting patiently for someone to come along and take them both to a forever home.

“Cara is slightly less confident than Iona,” said a spokesman, “but they both just need a little time to get to know you.

“We feel they would best suit a quieter home with children of secondary school age. They have lived with a dog before and although not tested here at the centre, provided introductions are taken slowly they should be able to again.

“Both girls spend very little time outside, apart from using their litter trays, s o we feel that they would be quite happy being indoor cats.

“They should be fine to be left while their new family are out at work.”

To find out more contact the South Godstone Animal Centre:

Telephone: 0300 123 0741


Opening hours: 11.30am to 4pm daily except Wednesdays

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February 27th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Above: if it isn’t fly tippers making a mess by Hedgecourt Lake, it is careless dog owners

COUNCILLOR Ken Hardwood has appealed to irresponsible Felbridge dog owners to clear up after their pets, after complaining there is poo everywhere he looks around the village.

“We have dog poo appearing everywhere,” he said. “On the road, on people’s driveways, grass verges etc –  and its just not acceptable.

“The Parish Council has gone to enormous efforts to have red dog poo bins placed at strategic positions, yet some owners cannot be bothered to do the decent thing and clear up after their dogs.

“This is not about dog welfare or training. It’s about those dog owners who allow their dogs to poo and then fail to pick the mess up afterwards.

“We  have even had instances where dog owners have actually picked dog poo up, placed it in a black bag and then left it on the road where it has been run over by cars”

Ken says he has received increasing numbers of complaints from residents, many of whom are dog owners themselves. But the issue is village wide and on the increase.

Using Mill Lane as an example of what he is talking about, he suggested that one reason for the problem may be the growing number of  number of dog walkers who are using the area going down to Hedgecourt Lake.

“They let their dogs wander about, often behind them and have not got the slightest idea of what they are doing.Then we have those dog walkers who presumably think its okay to allow their dogs to foul other people’s property and not clear up afterwards,” he said.

“Failure to clear up dog mess is an offence. If you see anyone allowing their dog(s) to foul the open spaces around you and fail to pick up the mess, please  ask them politely to do so.

“I know that can cause friction sometimes, because even when confronted, some people still ignore the problem. However, unless we as a community police ourselves, there may come a moment when a dog owner could see themselves being prosecuted.

“Nobody wants that.

“It’s so simple. Dog owners need to clear up after their dogs.”

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February 22nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

PORTLAND Road vets are currently caring for a lost dog which was rounded up in East Grinstead over the weekend.

The dog’s microchip details are out-of-date, so please contact the clinic to reclaim your pet.

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February 20th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

ALBUS is a three-year-old albino ferret in need of a home.

A spokesman at the RSPCA centre at South Godstone said “Albus has bags of character.

“He is very sweet and always comes up to say hello, he will also try to climb up your leg. He is very inquisitive and loves playing with lots of toys and tubes –  he will often climb to the highest point he can, without much thought as to how he will get down!.

Albus would need to be handled daily as he enjoys interacting with people and would need to live with a neutered female to keep him company, although all pairing must be done slowly.

He would need a large living area as he is very active, with plenty of boxes, tubes and toys to keep him occupied.

He would be suitable to live with younger children over the age of six as long as all interactions are supervised by an adult.

“This cheeky chap would make a wonderful companion.”

If you could offer Albus a home, contact the South Godstone Animal Centre

Contact details:
Telephone: 0300 123 0741
Opening hours:
11.30am to 4pm every day, closed Wednesday.

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February 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SUSSEX Wildlife has shared these two striking silhouettes of ravens photographed by Tom Lee at the Old Lodge nature reserve on the Ashdown Forest.


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February 15th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

imageMUFASA is a handsome, two-year-old male cat who came into the care of the RSPCA after his owner was no longer able to care for him.

“Mufasa was a little shy when he first arrived, however he is now becoming a confident young fellow who loves nothing more then a fuss,” said a spokesman.

“Due to his initial shyness we feel  Mufasa should not live with dogs, although another calm cat would be considered. He finds new surroundings a little stressful and therefore would require his new owner to be home for part of the day, to bond with him and build up his confidence.

“”He will be happy to live with children from the age of ten who understand he may need some time to himself once in a while.

“Exploring outside is something Mufasa would love to do, so once settled in he would lenjoy outside access where he can relax away from busy roads.”

Contact details:
Telephone: 0300 123 0741
Opening hours:
11.30am to 4pm every day, closed

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February 14th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE new paths which have been laid across the East Court estate to make Ashplatts Woods accessible all year round are proving popular.

But a reader tells us that some dog walkers, having “scooped” after their pets have “pooped”, are now decorating the lower limbs of nearby trees with flimsy plastic bags full of poo.

Not nice.

Not nice at all.

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February 10th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE Cats Protection League at Chelwood Gate is holding a Lonely Hearts Day on 13 February in a bid to re-home some of the 150 cats currently in its care.

Valentine’s weekend visitors will be able to meet the many cats currently at the centre, including those that are finding it particularly difficult to find a new owner.

Staff will hand out pink lemonade and chocolate hearts, and there is will also be a chance to win a Valentine-themed Love Hamper.

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February 9th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

BOB, a five-year-old Labrador Retriever has been battling a weight problem since he arrived at the RSPCA Centre in South Godstone as a stray.

But he’s a beautiful dog with a soft heart, said a spokesman for the centre, and with a proper exercise and diet regime he is starting to slim down.

“Bob likes to make his presence known by speaking to everyone who passes by, but he is really a big softy who becomes a little worried by physical contact.

“He is looking for a quieter home that is an adult household, and he can live with another dog, preferably a calm, well-socialised female, but they would have to meet here centre a few times first.

“Bob will also need further work around other dogs as he becomes worried and alert around them. Bob enjoys his daily walks and is calm on the lead, however he does use his body weight to his advantage, pulling on the lead to sniff a certain area.

“And he will need further work on recall when off the lead.

“We believe Bob is house-trained, but he has had problems with his ears so they will need close monitoring and regular checkups at the vet.”

If Bob sounds like the ideal pet for you, contact the South Godstone Animal Centre bymtelephone on 0300 123 0741 or email

Opening hours are11.30am to 4pm every day, closed Wednesdays. 

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February 9th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Above: rather friendlier elephants in London Road advertising the arrival of a circus, courtesy of East Grinstead museum

ABOUT EG’s Roy Henderson has been delving in the archive and come up with a story from the Sydney Morning Herald of 9 February 1934 about an East Grinstead man who was killed by an elephant.

A British naval officer, Captain Godfrey Crookshank, of Ridge Hill Manor,Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 11.31.03 am East Grinstead was on leave in Tanganyika when he tried to take a photograph of a passing herd of elephants. 

Captain Crookshank, 43, had just completed a six weeks’ tour of East Africa, during which he did not fire a single shot at big game except with his camera.

After visiting Dar-es-Salaam,  he was flying to Moshi when his plane passed over a herd of elephants. The landed and with his pilot and a friend, the Captain took a number of photographs of them.

Sadly however, the report says the Captain became too ‘venturesome’ and one of the elephants suddenly scented him and charged.

The elephant then seized him with its trunk and dashed him on the ground, killing him instantly.

His friends rushed back to their car and made for Moshi where a search party was got up which returned in the dark and found Captain Crookshank’s body.  

Captain Crookshank, who was married and had two children,  had had a distinguished career in the Navy, and through the war was a gunnery and torpedo specialist.

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