An “alarming” number of reports were received by the RSPCA about animals being targeted by air weapons and rifles over the last 18 months – despite lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions keeping people at home for long periods.

Since the beginning of 2020, 371 incidents have been reported to the RSPCA where the caller believed an air gun or rifle had been used to target an animal.

However, it is believed the total number of incidents will be substantially higher – … Continue reading…

Two small kestrel chicks are “lucky to be alive” after being rescued from the exhaust of an A320 aircraft at a St Athan aircraft hangar in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The A320 has been at the Bro Tathan West aerodrome since last August on the runway – and was brought inside Caerdav’s hangar for repairs when engineers spotted two kestrel chicks nesting inside.

Staff sounded the alarm to RSPCA Cymru, and inspector Simon Evans saved the day by carefully securing … Continue reading…

A gull has been rescued after getting stuck in netting between a Greggs, a gym and a cocktail bar in Cardiff.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted on Tuesday (13 July) after a member of the public spotted the gull’s plight on Park Place in the Welsh capital and sounded the alarm.

The animal welfare charity says the incident acts as a reminder as to the dangers netting can pose to animals.

RSPCA inspector Sophie Daniels attended, and enlisted the support of … Continue reading…

A peregrine falcon fledgling was rescued by the RSPCA after falling to the pavement outside its famous City Hall nesting spot in Cardiff.

The young, struggling bird was spotted by concerned members of the public who contacted the RSPCA.

Onlookers had seen the fledgling retreat from the clock tower into a nearby tree, before falling to the ground – having been pecked by gulls in the vicinity.

Cardiff’s City Hall is famous locally as a nesting spot for the birds … 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…