A Pontypool man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after failing to seek suitable veterinary care for a “nasty, painful” ulcerated and infected wound on the body of his Staffordshire bull terrier – instead claiming he was treating the abscess himself with antiseptic spray.

Gareth Lewis, of Snail Creep Terrace, Cwmavon, Pontypool, was handed a 12-week prison sentence – suspended for twelve months – and banned from keeping any animal for a decade, after sentencing at Newport Magistrates’ Court … Continue reading…

A black cat has been rescued from a tight squeeze – after getting their neck badly caught-up in netting between two Port Talbot properties.

RSPCA Cymru was contacted on Saturday (14 April) after a member of the public saw the panicked cat thrashing around and constrained by green netting adjacent to two walls.

An RSPCA animal welfare officer attended Trefelin Crescent, and was able to cut the terrified moggy free from the netting.

Fortunately, the cat was not injured from … Continue reading…

An RSPCA inspector was left “disgusted” after a hedgehog was found tied to a tree by shoelaces used as a “makeshift crucifix”.

The animal welfare charity was alerted after a member of the public found the wild animal on Brynglas Avenue in the Pontllanfraith area of Blackwood yesterday (17 April).

Shockingly, the male hedgehog was found with their belly facing outwards from the tree, constrained by shoe laces. His leg was bleeding, as was his mouth and nose, and sadly … Continue reading…

A runaway tortoise has been reunited with their Brackla-based owner, after being spotted walking up a path by a member of the public who was heading to the local shops.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after the spur-thighed (Testudo graeca) tortoise was found strolling up a pathway on Tuesday April 3.

He had escaped after sneaking through the soft part of a fence panel in the garden of the home of his owner, Karen. The 12-year-old tortoise, named George, was missing … Continue reading…

A very savvy cat has been put in charge of RSPCA Cymru’s brand new Instagram account, and is doing a “paw-some” job with her keen eye for slick selfies, and fabulous photographs.  

Charity staff were stunned as the photogenic feline – from the RSPCA’s Newport Animal Centre – showed a keen eye for snapping fantastic photos; using her paws to take wonderful selfies of rescue animals.

The cat – known to her friends as “Flash” – has now been put … Continue reading…