ASSEMBLY Member for North Wales, Mark Isherwood, has joined RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton on several calls in and around the region.

The ride-along gave Mr Isherwood a chance to experience what RSPCA inspectors deal with on a day-to-day basis. Throughout the course of a busy day, they dealt with a number of routine calls including abandonment, suspected neglect and investigations.

AM Mark Isherwood and RSPCA inspector Jenny AndertonThey also visited the RSPCA Animal Clinic Rhyl – which is run by the RSPCA Clwyd and Colwyn branch – and rescued two injured gulls.

Mark Isherwood AM said: “Many thanks to Jenny and the RSPCA for an interesting and informative day. It is a number of years since I last spent a day with an RSPCA Inspector, but their dedication and compassion continues to shine through in what is an often difficult and challenging job.

“I was very concerned to learn of recent animal injuries in the area caused by air rifles and a crossbow. I was also reminded that behind almost every animal welfare case there is also a human story, which can sometimes be shocking but also often saddening. It is always better to ask for help if you have a problem with an animal and always better not to take in a pet unless you have the time and resources to care for it.”

RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: “It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to show Mark Isherwood the work that the RSPCA’s inspectorate do each and every day to help and protect animals across North Wales.

“The RSPCA receives approximately 1.2 million calls each year – 50,000 of them from Wales – and the breadth of visits made on this particular day highlights the diversity of issues we deal with in the interests of animal welfare.

“Among the incidents and calls we dealt with involved two gulls. One of them was ill due to suspected food poisoning and the other I spotted on the side of the road in Rhyl which had a leg injury. These gulls will now be taken to RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre for treatment.”

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.

If you have an animal welfare concern or find an animal in distress please call 0300 1234 999.

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