RSPCA Cymru has responded to more than 500 equine welfare incidents since Wales went into lockdown in March – with the charity warning that further economic downturn could lead to an impending horse welfare catastrophe.

The warning comes as the charity launches its month-long rehoming drive – Adoptober. An appeal has been launched to experienced horse owners across Wales to consider adding a rescue equine to their family, if they’re in a position to do so.

Across England and … Continue reading…

Two birds have been shot on the North Park Estate in Cardigan, prompting the RSPCA to launch an appeal for information.

Officers from the charity were alerted after a gull and a pigeon were found injured in the same area on Saturday 12 September.

Veterinary examination – at Priory Vets in the Pwllhai area of Cardigan – confirmed both birds had been injured by pellet wounds – likely from an air rifle.

Sadly, the gull had to be put to … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information after a tabby cat lost his front left leg following an “horrific” injury caused by an illegal gin trap in Abercynon. 

The small cat – named Pickles – was found by window cleaners hiding beneath wooden pallets in the playground of Abercynon Community Primary School on Tuesday 1 September.

It is thought the trapped cat dragged himself to the school with his leg held by the device. He had been missing since … Continue reading…

With Keep Wales Tidy’s Autumn Clean Cymru underway, the RSPCA is urging members of the public to “snip the straps” from used disposable face masks.

The call comes as new figures are published highlighting the impact litter has had on animals since the start of lockdown – with RSPCA Cymru dealing with 35 incidents across the country since lockdown was first announced on 23 March*.

Dumped face masks have become a new hazard to wildlife since the pandemic started. The … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is celebrating news that the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill has been given Royal Assent.

A Royal Assent ceremony took place today (7 September), with the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths and First Minister Mark Drakeford present. The law is set to come into force on 1 December.

The legislation follows some 14 years of campaigning by the RSPCA, since the relevant powers were devolved to Wales – and will make it an … Continue reading…