RSPCA Cymru has welcomed news that the Welsh Government is working to increase the maximum prison sentence which can be handed down to those convicted of animal cruelty.

The Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has announced that officials from Wales will be working with the UK Government, which has today submitted a draft animal welfare bill for the consideration of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee.

It is anticipated that this will … Continue reading…

An American Bulldog who came into the RSPCA’s care in a “horrendous, emaciated” condition is still searching for a second chance of happiness in a new forever home.

Kia – who is a largely white dog – was one of two malnourished American bulldogs spotted by members of the public at a South Wales property earlier this year. Her body was skeletal-like, with bones across her body protruding against her skin.

Both dogs were signed into the charity’s care in … Continue reading…

The Welsh Government must increase the maximum sentences which can be handed down to those convicted for animal cruelty, or risk treating animal cruelty as a far less serious offence, compared to neighbouring England.

RSPCA has long campaigned for an increase to the maximum sentence available for those convicted of animal abuse. A recent announcement by the UK Government confirmed that an increase – from six months imprisonment, to five years – would be made.

The charity has now learned … Continue reading…

A Wrexham woman has been banned from keeping animals for life after admitting offences against four dogs, two cats and four kittens.

Ms Adele Ankers (d.o.b 13/12/1977), of Heol Maelor, Coedpoeth, pleaded guilty to Animal Welfare Act offences, concerning two German Shepherds, two terrier dogs, two cats and four kittens.

Ankers’ neglect resulted in four of the animals suffering unnecessarily – two German Shepherds, named Bonny and Lennon; and two terriers, named Marley and Marvin. She also admitted failing to … Continue reading…

An abandoned six-month-old kitten starved to death in an Aberdare property, after tragically being unable to claw into unopened sachets of food left at the house.

Ms Rhiannon Sian Davies (d.o.b 07/06/1987), of Llwynderi, Pen Y Waun, pleaded guilty to an Animal Welfare Act offence, after leaving the cat to die in an Aberdare house, with the neglect causing the feline “unimaginable, severe and totally unnecessary suffering.”

She was given a 10-week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, and banned … Continue reading…