A great spotted woodpecker was rescued by the RSPCA after getting tangled in fishing line in a tree – causing him to swing uncontrollably over a canal.

 

The RSPCA is releasing a video of the woodpecker to remind people about the hazards are fishing litter.

Last year, officers from the animal welfare charity rescued 697 animals from discarded fishing lines and other angling litter, such as hooks and barbs.

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A BBC documentary which explored the need to regulate animal welfare establishments across Wales has been recognised with a special media award.

The BBC Wales ‘Week In, Week Out’ team produced the documentary ‘Creature Comforts?’, which investigated whether the establishments, commonly known as ‘sanctuaries’, are doing enough to look after animals, and their welfare, to a sufficient standard.

RSPCA Cymru has long campaigned for animal welfare sanctuaries to be regulated. The charity believes these establishments often provide an … Continue reading…

Former BBC anchor Mel Doel has been given a prestigious animal welfare award by the RSPCA, recognising her immense commitment to animal welfare.

The RSPCA Richard Martin Gold Award is one of the highest honours the RSPCA can bestow, and recognises outstanding contributions towards improving the welfare of animals.

Ms Doel works closely with RSPCA Cymru, and has supported the charity with the production of a series of short films, in conjunction with students from The College Merthyr Tydfil.

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An urgent appeal for information has been launched, after a dog was picked up in Princetown, Tredegar, with horrific injuries, and a leg hanging off. 

The grey male lurcher was caught by Gwent Police today (19 June), and is now in RSPCA Cymru care for treatment. He had been found on Merthyr Road.

It is suspected the dog’s right hind leg has been left hanging off after getting trapped by a snare, which has gone right through the bone.

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A kitten just weeks old was safely rescued after falling down a pipe and getting tightly wedged behind a wall in a shop.

A customer who was visiting the DIY shop in Bristol Road South, in Northfield, Birmingham, contacted the RSPCA and West Midlands Fire Service after hearing the distressing meows of the kitten, on Tuesday last week (13 June).

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Vic Hurr attended, and alongside the fire service they managed to cut the wall and bring … Continue reading…