5th July 2013

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed an announcement from the Minister for Natural Resources and Food which confirms that the draft Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) regulations have been withdrawn with immediate effect.

The Society had highlighted a worrying discrepancy contained within the draft regulations regarding a minimum staff:dog ratio. Subsequently, the Minister has withdrawn the regulations and officials will now undertake a further consultation over the summer months.

Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru Head of External Affairs, said: … Continue reading…

Wednesday 03 July 2013

RSPCA Cymru is warning that animal welfare in Wales could be irreparably damaged if dangerous proposals to curb charity shop rate relief go ahead. The Society has recently responded to Welsh Government proposals to reduce the business rate relief for charity shops in Wales from 80 to 50 per cent from 2022.

Unlike many other charities, RSPCA Cymru and its independent branches receive no government funding for their animal welfare services and rely heavily on the … Continue reading…

01.07.13

Our officers and wildlife experts will be ringing geese in the Lake District tomorrow (Tuesday 2 July) as part of efforts to better understand the population in the area.

The project is a major part of the commitment made by us to assist the Windermere Geese Management Group.

Adam Grogan, senior scientific officer in our wildlife department, said:

“We are doing this to better understand where the geese come from and why. We may find that some of the

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A bearded dragon found dumped on a street in Bedfordshire had to be put to sleep after suffering from rickets.

 

The reptile was found on a pavement in Queen Elizabeth Close in Shefford on Wednesday 19 June unable to walk.

 

RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Kate Wright was called to collect the young bearded dragon and took him to a specialist vet.

 

It was then discovered that he was suffering from metabolic bone disease, also known as … Continue reading…

24.06.13

A young boxer/Staffie cross from our West Hatch Animal Centre near Taunton has become the latest success story for both the centre and for Avon and Somerset Police as he graduated this month as a sniffer dog.

Harry was taken to the centre, which is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, by RSPCA Inspector Sarah Hetherington, after his owners were banned from keeping animals.  A case was brought against them for causing unnecessary suffering after they failed … Continue reading…