Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

RSPCA Award Hails Our Fight for Animals

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

RSPCA Award Hails Our Fight for Animals

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Byline: Matthew Pardo

Unrivalled coverage of the work of animal welfare charity the RSPCA has won the Gazette a top national award.

This year the Evening Gazette has beaten off competition from every other newspaper in the country to land the RSPCA's Regional Award for Print Media - for the first time.

"Without a doubt the newspaper has proved invaluable in helping to raise the RSPCA's profile in and around Teesside," said Dave Millard, RSPCA regional superintendent for northern England.

"Coverage has added impetus to fundraising appeals - at one point preventing the Middlesbrough Branch of the RSPCA from going under.

"From publicising prosecutions, to highlighting inspectorate appeals for information, the newspaper - mostly in the form of reporter Matthew Pardo - is always supportive and always ready to act at short notice.

"Court reports are accurate and hard-hitting and rehoming appeals are accompanied by cracking photographs."

The prize represents the Gazette's coverage of animal issues over the last 12 months.

In that time the newspaper has covered almost every animal cruelty prosecution brought before Teesside magistrates, highlighted rehoming appeals made by the charity and provided animal care advice in our weekly Pets Corner page.

Stories covered included:

JANUARY

We reported RSPCA backing for the Ban The Young Guns campaign - our fight for tighter controls on young people being able to legally own and use high powered air weapons and on post-Christmas animal rehoming appeals by the RSPCA and canine charity the NCDL after both were deluged with unwanted animals.

FEBRUARY

Hard hitting photographs showed how RSPCA officers seized a Middlesbrough couple's pet hours after magistrates convicted the pair of animal cruelty . We also covered another RSPCA rehoming appeal after a record number of rabbits swamped the Great Ayton animal centre.

APRIL

The Gazette highlighted Teesside's appalling animal cruelty record - a shaming statistic which made our region one of the cruellest in the country. …

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