09.09.13

A weak and abandoned foal has been rescued from a remote hilltop above Llangynidr in Powys, South Wales.

Three ramblers from the Bristol area were on Llangynidr moor on 30 July and noticed the ailing creature behind a wall at the end of an uphill track.

Attempts to find the foal’s mother proved futile, as were their attempts to help the animal drink water so we were contacted at a neighbouring farm.

RSPCA Inspector Christine McNeil was called to … Continue reading…

 

RSPCA rescues come in all shapes and sizes, even when it comes to slithery grass snakes.

A grass snake was found trapped in garden netting that covered the householder’s cabbages in Caergwrle, Wrexham on Monday 2 September.

An RSPCA officer successfully cut the snake free and released the creature back into the wild.

RSPCA inspector Rachael Davies said: “This simple rescue operation just shows that we’re here for all animals. RSPCA officers exist to guard the welfare of all … Continue reading…

06.08.13

Protesters report concerns about sheep due for live transport

The controversial live transport trade received another blow this week (Wednesday, 4 September) after a lorry full of sheep bound for the continent was turned away from the port of Dover, after four animal health officials boarded a lorry following concerns about an “exceptional” smell.

According to reports, a protester close to the road became concerned that the animals looked unwell and that an “exceptional” smell was emanating from the Continue reading…

Thursday 5 September 2013

The RSPCA is warning of the danger posed to wildlife by discarded fishing litter following a recent incident in Abergele involving a herring gull that was badly wounded by a fishing lure.

A member of the public called the RSPCA after spotting the young gull in his garden with hooks caught in his beak and foot.  

When RSPCA Inspector Mike Pugh arrived the gull was bleeding from the wounds which had become infected. After examining the bird he was able to cut the hooks off using a pair of pliers. The bird was then taken to RSPCA wildlife centre at Stapeley Grange in Cheshire for treatment.

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Every year the RSPCA takes hundreds of similar calls about wildlife injured or even killed by fishing litter which has not been properly disposed of and all of the RSPCA’s four wildlife centres have had birds injured by fishing tackle admitted in recent weeks.

Inspector Pugh said: “This case highlights the dangers posed to wildlife by carelessly discarded fishing litter. We urge anyone about to go out fishing to make sure they take those extra few minutes to dispose of their litter properly. They could be saving a life.”

The RSPCA has been working with the Angling Trust, the Environment Agency and the National Swan Convention, to reduce the impact of lost and discarded fishing tackle which causes injuries to wildlife.

If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

 

 

The RSPCA would like to contact the owner of an elderly cat found wandering in Haverhill in Suffolk on Sunday 1 September.

The cat, a female light coloured tabby, is thought to be about 15-years-old. She is thin and weak but no more than would be expected at her age.

 

She was taken to a vet’s who found a microchip which told them that she was registered to someone living in Larks Close in Haverhill.

 

RSPCA inspector Richard … Continue reading…