ASSEMBLY Member for North Wales, Janet Haworth, accompanied RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas on several calls in and around her North Wales region yesterday [30 July].
Throughout the course of a busy day, they dealt with a number of incidents, involving both companion and farm animals.
One such incident centred on a Shetland pony, which had sadly been subject to a suspected stabbing. RSPCA Cymru has launched a separate appeal for information in relation to this incident.
Additionally, on other calls, advice was given on responsible cat ownership; and an RSPCA warning notice for improvement issued at a farm premises.
Janet Haworth AM said: “I really appreciated the opportunity to spend a day on call with Kia. I quickly saw that RSPCA officers have to be able to expect the unexpected and be ready to problem solve. They have to have an intuitive empathy with the animals they see and the knowledge and experience to professionally assess situations.
“It is not just about being kind to animals. RSPCA officers have also to be able to communicate with owners if they are to achieve the best outcomes for animals needing help.
“The best outcome is when owners receive positive encouragement, advice and support from their RSPCA officer. Sadly there are occasions when for some animals an RSPCA inspector like Kia is their only hope of rescue and escape from cruelty.
“Established in 1824, the RSPCA – as a charity – rely on public donations to exist; and it was a great privilege to witness the work they do to protect animals across my region.”
A number of Assembly Members across Wales have spent days-out with local RSPCA inspectors, gaining valuable insight into the work the Society does to uphold and improve standards of animal welfare.
Following the ride-along, RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “I was very pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate to a new Assembly Member the work RSPCA’s inspectorate do each and every day to help and protect animals across North Wales and beyond.
“The RSPCA receives approximately 1.3 million calls each year; and the breadth of visits made on this particular day highlights the diversity of issues we with in the interests of animal welfare.”