A Port Talbot woman has been handed a suspended jail term and banned from keeping animals for life after failing to ensure urgent veterinary attention for her dog who was in a “dreadful state”.

Beverly McLaughlan, 52 – of Geifr Road, Margam – pleaded guilty to an Animal Welfare Act offence. She was sentenced at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (3 July) after admitting her actions had caused her dog, Misty, to suffer unnecessarily.

McLaughlan’s dog – a female black … Continue reading…

An RSPCA Cymru staff member locked himself in a hot car to experience the dangers dogs face when left in vehicles in warmer conditions.

RSPCA media relations officer Chris O’Brien spent just over 26 minutes locked in a stationary vehicle last Friday (29 June) – and the temperature sky-rocketed from 23.3°C to more than 57°C degrees.

The video – shot over a series of updates – shows the temperature inside the car increase to over 35°C after five minutes, 43.6°C … Continue reading…

A Cardiff woman has admitted causing 29 guinea pigs to unnecessarily suffer, with the animals living amid piled-up filth in a ‘squalid’ bedroom.

Barbara Herbert, of Beverley Close in the Llanishen/Lisvane area of the city, admitted an Animal Welfare Act offence at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on Monday (2 July).

A warrant had been out for the woman’s arrest since February in relation to this case.

Herbert was handed a two-year conditional discharge, deprived of the 29 animals and banned from … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has thanked local firefighters and an Openreach engineer, after a feral cat had to be removed from the bonnet of a parked van in Cardiff.

The animal welfare charity had been alerted after a member of the public found the cat, motionless on the floor and covered in mud, in the early hours of June 14. It was understood that an incident took place where the cat had been involved in a road traffic collision on Caerau Lane, … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has given a warm welcome to a new Welsh Government announcement which could lead to “significant progress” in enhancing animal welfare standards across the country.

In a wide-ranging statement, Lesley Griffiths, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs this afternoon (June 19) outlined her future plans for companion animal welfare in the National Assembly for Wales.

The Welsh Government confirmed it will work the Animal Welfare Network for Wales to explore whether the introduction of Codes … Continue reading…