ASSEMBLY Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Dawn Bowden has accompanied RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis on several calls around the South Wales region.

The ride-along gave Ms Bowden a chance to experience what RSPCA inspectors deal with on a day-to-day basis. Throughout the course of a busy day (Monday 30 April), they dealt with a number of routine calls, including welfare issues regarding cats and dogs and issuing advice to owners.

AM Dawn Bowden with RSPCA inspector Nic de CelisDawn Bowden AM said: “I am grateful to colleagues from RSPCA Cymru and inspector Nic de Celis for showing me the front line of their vital work on animal welfare.

“So many people love their animals quite often as companion pets in the home. Yet on too many occasions pets can also be neglected or abused and that is why the work of the RSPCA and their team of inspectors remains so important. They provide a front line service that helps with the vital task of preventing problems, but also intervening where necessary for animal welfare.

“The RSPCA do so much vital work in preventing animal cruelty, promoting animal welfare and through education in helping to build a world that is kinder to animals.”

RSPCA inspector Nic De Celis added: “I was very pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate to Dawn Bowden the work RSPCA’s inspectorate do each and every day to help and protect animals across Wales.

“The RSPCA receives approximately 50,000 calls each year across Wales and in 2017 we investigated 10,176 complaints. The breadth of visits made on this particular day highlights the diversity of issues we deal with in the interests of animal welfare.”

A number of Assembly Members and Members of Parliament across Wales have spent days out with local RSPCA inspectors, gaining valuable insight into the work the Society does to uphold and improve standards of animal welfare.