RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the news that Powys County Council has banned sky lanterns on council-owned or managed land.

This latest move brings the number of local authorities in Wales who have banned lantern releases on their land to a total of 14.

Sky lanterns – often known as Chinese lanterns – can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death. Animals can also eat balloons and choke on them…. Continue reading…

The RSPCA Northamptonshire branch is at crisis point as it struggles to cope with the numbers of dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals coming into its care.

The branch is now at breaking point as it struggles with higher than expected numbers – which results in increasing vet bills, boarding costs and food bills.

Branch manager Jacqui Kelly said: “We are struggling at the moment – we have so many more animals in our care than normal and we … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed news that compulsory microchipping for dogs in Wales will be brought in from April 2016.

Today (20 October) the plans were debated in Plenary at the Senedd with AMs backing the introduction of compulsory microchipping for dogs in Wales.

RSPCA Cymru has led the campaign on this issue in Wales for many years, believing that compulsory microchipping will help to make it easier to identify the owners of those dogs that have strayed or are being … Continue reading…

A pony who was left dumped and tethered in a field with a severe infection has found the happy ending he deserves – even picking up a rosette at a prestigious show in Buckinghamshire.

Beans, a gypsy colt, was rescued by RSPCA inspector Mel Fisher in April 2013 after a dog walker contacted the charity raising concerns about a pony on Lefarge land near the Holwell site in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Inspector Fisher said: “He had been hidden away from all … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a badger was found trapped in a snare.

A member of the public contacted the RSPCA after they found the badger trapped in woodland off the B4233, in the Hendre area, near Monmouth.

RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels attended the location on Saturday (17 October) where she found the young adult badger which was unable to free itself.

“The snare had been secured at low level under the fence line,” she said. “It was … Continue reading…