An end to the “outdated practice” of giving pets as prizes is one step closer in Wales, after Wrexham Council became Wales’ third local authority to stop the practice on their land.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

RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information following allegations of a dog beating incident on the streets of Pontypool.

The animal welfare charity has received reports alleging that a man has kicked and punched a small dog in the town.

Accusations have been made that the black dog has been beaten over a number of weeks – but the RSPCA urgently need any eye-witness testimony which may exist from witnesses.

Christine McNeil, RSPCA inspector, said: “We understand the great … Continue reading…

An urgent search for the owner of a dog has been launched – after he was hit by several cars on the A472 yesterday morning (6 November), near Pontypool roundabout.

The male chihuahua-cross dog was collected by the RSPCA having gone under a car on the A road.

Sadly, the dog is believed to have been struck by a number of vehicles after venturing into the road, and is carrying a bad head injury and likely broken hind legs. He … Continue reading…

Halloween merrymakers have been urged to not bin their leftover pumpkin carvings – but to feed them to wildlife instead.

RSPCA Cymru has issued the reminder as households across Wales get ready for All Hallows’ Eve.

Many animals can eat pumpkin – and the animal welfare charity is encouraging anyone who carved a pumpkin not to throw the remnants away; but to provide a tasty treat instead for their fellow living creatures.

An RSPCA Cymru spokesperson said: “Once Halloween is … 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…