A Llwynypia man has been banned from keeping rabbits for three years after admitting failing to meet the needs of 15 in his care.

Dean James, 38, pleaded guilty to three Animal Welfare Act offences at Merthyr Magistrates Court on Wednesday (29 September).

The court heard how police executed a warrant at James’ Railway View home, where rabbits were being kept in a wire mesh cage without access to bedding, environmental enrichment or suitable protection from the weather.

James had … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is calling for the giving of pets as prizes to be banned – and is urging local authorities across England and Wales to act to protect “misunderstood” goldfish.

As coronavirus restrictions continue to ease across England and Wales, the RSPCA fears that the “out-dated and cruel” spectre of pets being given away as prizes will return to fairgrounds as events resume in greater numbers.

Councils have been urged to take a lead on the issue – and ban … Continue reading…

An end to the “outdated practice” of giving pets as prizes is one step closer in Wales, after Wrexham Council became Wales’ third local authority to stop the practice on their land.

Wrexham Council have – following discussions with RSPCA Cymru -  confirmed that they will not grant licences to anyone planning on giving pets as prizes, including in the town centre and at local fairs; effectively banning the practice on their land.

Action follows a unanimous vote on the … Continue reading…

Caerphilly Councillors have voted unanimously to ban the giving of pets as prizes on land controlled by the local authority.

RSPCA Cymru has called it “great news for animal welfare, particularly goldfish” – as the Council becomes only the second in Wales to introduce a ban, and the first to make such a public stance on the issue.

A motion to full council was brought forward by Cllr James Pritchard, who has spearheaded this issue in recent months with his … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a badly-injured skewbald stallion was found on Cardiff’s Rover Way.

The horse is some 15-hands high and was found with wounds to both flanks which had been inappropriately treated with iodine spray.

Sadly, the stallion, thought to be aged around 15, was found with ulcers in both eyes, lacerations to his body and was lame on his left hind. He was found to be roaming the street, lethargic and clearly in great pain … Continue reading…