An RSPCA officer arrived to their van after tending to horse welfare issues – only to find their windscreen had been smashed in broad daylight.

RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil returned to her van on Wentloog Avenue in Cardiff, last Thursday (7 February), to find the act of vandalism had been committed. The windscreen was smashed between 5pm and 5.30pm.

The animal welfare charity say the incident underlines the “challenging, difficult conditions and circumstances” which they face while on the frontline … Continue reading…

A baby foal has been rescued from Snowdonia, after becoming stranded from his mother.

The RSPCA was contacted after the foal followed members of the public down a mountainside on 1 July, near the Coedty Reservoir, above Tal-y-Bont, before collapsing.

It is understood the foal followed a family for approximately four miles, before being carried a further distance by the members of the public after it fell to the ground.

Sadly, after travelling such a distance, there was no way … Continue reading…

The overworking of horses was the big issue at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair*, during which temperatures soared.

 

“We had to warn far too many people whose horses were being worked to exhaustion in the heat,” said RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy.

 

“It was an exceptionally hot few days – which gave the fair a real holiday-type atmosphere, and relations were good throughout – but quite frankly, they should have known better. A number of horses had to … Continue reading…

Officers from the RSPCA will be pulling on their drysuits to make a final sweep of the River Eden today, ahead of Appleby Horse Fair*.

 

The annual Gypsy and traveller event starts tomorrow (Thursday 2-Monday 6 June) in the Cumbrian town.

 

RSPCA staff removed about half a tonne of dangerous debris from the spot popular for the washing of horses, including gates, fence posts and rusty farm equipment last week.

 

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “It … Continue reading…

A pony who was left dumped and tethered in a field with a severe infection has found the happy ending he deserves – even picking up a rosette at a prestigious show in Buckinghamshire.

Beans, a gypsy colt, was rescued by RSPCA inspector Mel Fisher in April 2013 after a dog walker contacted the charity raising concerns about a pony on Lefarge land near the Holwell site in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Inspector Fisher said: “He had been hidden away from all … Continue reading…