RSPCA Cymru has given BBC Radio One a big thumbs up for including sky lanterns on a list of prohibited items for this weekend’s ‘Biggest Weekend’ in Swansea.

The charity regularly warns members of the public as to the dangers which sky lanterns can pose to animals – notably wildlife.

Balloons are also included on the list of items not permitted at the event; something the RSPCA says will prevent helium balloon releases which, too, pose risk to animals.

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A Caerphilly man who had anal sex with his two dogs has been handed a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping animals for a decade in a “landmark” RSPCA prosecution.

Robert Gwynn (d.o.b 04/11/1957), formerly of Merchant Street, Pontlottyn, Caerphilly, pleaded guilty to two offences at Newport Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 23 May) – one under Section 69 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the other under Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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Two royal pythons have been found dead in a pillowcase near Treherbert.

The snakes were found by someone taking part in ‘Geocaching’ – an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices, in which the person attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location – on Saturday (19 May). The snakes were found a short distance from the wind farm and from Hendre’r Mynydd car park.

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An RSPCA appeal for information has been launched following the death of a red kite caught by an illegal gin trap.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after the poor bird of prey was found bleeding, and with broken legs, in the trap on the B4340, near New Cross and Abermadwr on 7 May.

The caller who found the bird transferred the animal to a local veterinary practice, where it was confirmed that the legs had been broken by the trap.

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RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after two grey squirrels were found injured and collapsed after being shot by an air rifle.

They were found at Sophia Gardens on the grass pitch near the Sports Council for Wales in Cardiff on Saturday (19 May).

RSPCA inspector Annie Simmonds said: “Shockingly these two squirrels were alive after being shot with an air rifle and had entry wounds between their shoulder blades.

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