RSPCA Cymru rescued 7,642 animals across Wales in 2016, new figures show as the charity celebrates ‘RSPCA Week’ (12 – 18 of June).

More animals were collected and rescued by the RSPCA in Wales in 2016 than during the previous year, while new statistics also show the RSPCA’s success in utilising non-statutory welfare and improvement notices to prevent animal suffering.

Animal rescues took RSPCA officers to the most diverse and unpredictable situations in 2016 – including a kitten trapped on … Continue reading…

This column was first published in the Daily Post on Monday 5 June; and is the first of Chief Inspector Leanne Hardy’s new column for the North Wales newspaper.

As summer approaches, it’s so sad to see a circus containing wild animals back on the road.

Most people I speak to across the region can’t believe that – in 2017 – we still face the prospect in North Wales of a travelling circus using wildlife for such entertainment turning up … Continue reading…

A badger has died after becoming trapped in an “indiscriminate and cruel” snare in Llanhamlach, near Brecon.

RSPCA Cymru tended to the badger on 27 May, with the device wrapped tightly around the animal’s body.

Sadly, following independent veterinary inspection, the extent of the badger’s injuries – including a damaged neck – were found to be so bad that he had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

The device was not a self-locking snare, which are illegal. … Continue reading…

An unwell and emaciated ginger cat has been found in the Pontypool area.

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information, after the male cat was spotted by a member of the public in the Griffithstown area of the town.

The cat was not microchipped, so RSPCA Cymru is eagerly seeking to trace an owner for the animal, and to find out how he came to be in such a worrying and emaciated state.

Members of the local community with any relevant … Continue reading…

As the Uefa Champions League finals come to South Wales, RSPCA Newport Animal Centre is urgently seeking a new home for a football-loving dog.

George, a tan and white cross breed, is seeking a second chance of happiness after coming into RSPCA care. His previous owner was prosecuted for Animal Welfare Act offences.

The dog was collected by a local authority dog warden in December, at which time his ribs, spine and hips were visible, he was covered in urine, … Continue reading…