A tiny beagle – saved from a failed smuggling attempt via Holyhead Port – is the star of a new report lifting the lid on the “horrifying” conditions the illegal puppy trade can subject animals to.

Hugo was one of 96 puppies rescued by RSPCA Cymru, and other bodies, as part of a multi-agency operation at the North Wales port in November 2016.

The new digital, interactive report – which contains new footage, photographs and testimonies – tells the story … Continue reading…

Dog owners across North Wales have been invited to a free dog-walking event to raise awareness for the sad plight many animals face over the festive period.

The Christmas ‘Big Walkies’ event  - organised by the RSPCA’s Wrexham District & Deeside Branch – takes place at Wepre Park in Connah’s Quay on Sunday (17 December), with free registration from 10.30am, and the walk getting underway half-an-hour later.

Registration all takes place on the morning of the event, and participants are … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to bring forward a licensing scheme for travelling animal shows – also known as mobile animal exhibits (MAEs) – but insist new rules must ensure an end to the use of wild animals in circuses across the country.

Falconry displays, mobile petting zoos and Christmas reindeer events are all set to be impacted by the new rules – and RSPCA Cymru hopes licensing will mean adherence to key animal welfare standards is … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a four-month-old puppy with injuries to his neck and leg was found in a communal bin in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

A member of the public made the shocking discovery, in Wilton Street, on Tuesday evening (12 December).

The body of the tan Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog, who had blood all over his neck and face, has now been removed by an RSPCA officer.

The dog wasn’t microchipped so the RSPCA has been … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a French Bulldog was found hairless and with a serious prolapse.

The dog – who has been nicknamed Poppy – was handed into Cardiff Dog’s Home on 26 November, who then contacted RSPCA Cymru. She was found hairless due to mange and had a prolapsed anus.

Poppy, aged a year-and-a-half, has since received a series of treatment for her skin and has undergone surgery to fix the prolapse.

RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil said: … Continue reading…