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RSPCA Collection Raises Excellent Sum

Posted: March 22, 2023
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A match day collection held at the recent Cornish Pirates versus Coventry game helped raise the very worthy sum of £583-39 for the RSPCA Cornwall Branch.

Chief Executive Officer, Emily Bowen, commented:

“The RSPCA Cornwall branch would like to thank the Cornish Pirates and everyone who donated to us. We were very grateful, and a great day was had by all.

“As a self-funded, local charity we rely on local support to allow us continue our work in animal welfare, so the generosity shown was much appreciated and enabled us to raise £583-39 to directly support the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals throughout Cornwall.”

Also, representing the RSPCA Cornwall Branch as a mascot on the day was ‘Maverick’, who is the pet dog of Cornish Pirates’ ground staff volunteer and respected RSPCA inspector Paul Kempson.


Suitably attired in a Cornish Pirates shirt, to applause from the crowd Maverick led the team out onto the field accompanied on the day by prop forward Marlen Walker.


Maverick, with his mum and siblings in tow, came to RSPCA Cornwall Branch in June 2021 as a tiny puppy. They arrived from the local inspectorate team who began an investigation into their breeder who was illegally cropping puppies’ ears and breeding. Thankfully, Maverick was so young his ears had not been removed by that time, but many of the dogs that came into care had already sadly suffered this painful act of cruelty, all because the breeder believed he could get more money for earless dogs. Many months later, their breeder was found guilty of illegal ear cropping and was sentenced. Besides Maverick, who is cared for by Paul, pleasingly all the other dogs from this case are now in loving, forever homes.

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