This column was first published in the Daily Post; and is the first of Chief Inspector Leanne Hardy’s new column for the North Wales newspaper.

We know North Wales is a region packed full of animal lovers – and one of the things those involved with the RSPCA get asked about a lot is opportunities to volunteer with our charity.

The RSPCA is hugely fortunate to have people eager to help us out. As a charity, we need that support … Continue reading…

An RSPCA inspector was left “disgusted” after a hedgehog was found tied to a tree by shoelaces used as a “makeshift crucifix”.

The animal welfare charity was alerted after a member of the public found the wild animal on Brynglas Avenue in the Pontllanfraith area of Blackwood yesterday (17 April).

Shockingly, the male hedgehog was found with their belly facing outwards from the tree, constrained by shoe laces. His leg was bleeding, as was his mouth and nose, and sadly … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a gull was shot dead in Barry.

Tragically the gull fell to the floor dead from the roof it had been standing on at Plymouth Road. The person who witnessed the bird fall then rang the RSPCA. The police were also informed as gunshots were heard.

RSPCA inspector Emma Smith said: “This incident took place at around 6pm on Friday (13 April). The gull was seen falling to the ground and gunshots were … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two puppies were abandoned in a bush on April Fool’s Day.

A member of the public witnessed a man and a woman dump the puppies in a bush in Stallings Lane, Kingswinford, at around 3.15pm, before driving off in a BMW.

They retrieved the puppies and took them home before calling the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor said: “The puppies are in reasonable health thankfully, but it does not make any sense at … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is appealing for information after an elderly blind and deaf dog was found in Grainthorpe, Lincolnshire on Easter Monday (2 April) in a very poor condition.


The small female white terrier was handed in to the dog warden, and the RSPCA was called the next day (3 April).


RSPCA inspector Laura Jones said: “This poor old lady was in a terrible state.


“She has a chronic skin condition with thickened skin, her ears were dirty … Continue reading…