A Tonypandy man has been handed a suspended jail sentence and banned from keeping animals after admitting interference with a badger sett. 

Matthew Howell Jones, 38, of Jones Street, also admitted failing to get urgent veterinary treatment for his dog, with the black terrier struggling with “very worrying” injuries that vets say are consistent with an encounter with a badger, or other wild animal.

His dog had alopecia and skin lesions, caused by sarcoptic mange – with a wound to … Continue reading…

Neath Port Talbot Council has become Wales’ first local authority to back a series of measures to mitigate the risks fireworks can pose to animals and their welfare.

Councillors unanimously backed noise limits and tougher restrictions on firework displays on Wednesday (27 November), to help ease difficulties for animals, and vulnerable people.

NPT’s move follows the launch of the RSPCA’s ‘Bang Out Of Order’ campaign; encouraging the responsible use of fireworks, and the adoption of tighter regulations concerning … 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…

RSPCA Cymru is calling for action to tackle the unnecessary stress caused to animals at this time of year, as colourful and loud fireworks are set to light up Wales’ skies – potentially frightening pets, wildlife and other species.

The animal welfare charity is throwing its support behind concerned pet owners and animal lovers with its ‘Bang Out Of Order’ campaign; encouraging the responsible use of fireworks, and the adoption of tighter regulations concerning their use.

RSPCA wants … Continue reading…

Commenting on the Welsh Government re-committing to a review of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014, Claire Lawson said: “RSPCA Cymru has long been clear that while new dog breeding regulations were a big step forward, legislation would need to go a lot further to provide adequate protection.

“We have long welcomed the Welsh Government’s intention to review these regulations, to ensure they best compliment the anticipated ban on the third party sale of puppies.

“The … Continue reading…