Councillors in Rhondda Cynon Taf have unanimously backed action that could mitigate the risks fireworks can pose to animals and their welfare.

RSPCA Cymru say the local authority has made a “hugely important statement”, as RCT becomes the second Council to act following Neath Port Talbot, on Wednesday 27 November.

Councillors supported RCT exploring ensuring all public firework displays in the area are advertised in advance of the event – allowing residents to take precautions for their animals.

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Friday the thirteenth proved to be unlucky for one horse who became trapped in a cattle grid in Abertillery.

The horse had managed to get two legs on one side stuck under the bars – with the RSPCA and fire service being called for assistance.

RSPCA animal collection officer Stephanie Davidson said: “This poor horse was understandably in quite a bit of distress as he was unable to move and free himself from the cattle grid.

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An animal welfare clinic in Rhyl is set to expand to help even more animals in the region.

RSPCA’s Clwyd and Colwyn Branch is taking its Vaughan Street clinic to a new level, having bought an adjoining building to provide more services to their client base which has reached around 3,500 pet owners.

The clinic provides affordable veterinary treatment to animals whose owners are in receipt of state benefits, or individuals with an annual income of below £16,000.

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An RSPCA wildlife centre in Cheshire has had a record year in the number of hedgehog admissions, with more than 897 being treated at the centre in 2019*.

RSPCA Stapeley Grange, in Nantwich, has seen a  47% increase in the number of hedgehogs at the London Road centre since last year. (See table below for number of hedgehog admissions to Stapeley Grange since 2009.)

Lee Stewart, manager of Stapeley Grange, said: “The number of hedgehogs we have been caring for … Continue reading…

There were 325 animals reported as abandoned in Wales last December (2018) and more than 4,000 animals were dumped during the festive season across England and Wales.

Flintshire saw 46 abandoned animals reported to the RSPCA’s cruelty line last December, followed by 42 in Neath Port Talbot and 33 animals in Carmarthenshire. Sadly, the charity is already caring for many animals abandoned around the country this festive season.

The RSPCA is urging people to help them care for animals spending … Continue reading…