RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information after a tabby cat lost his front left leg following an “horrific” injury caused by an illegal gin trap in Abercynon. 

The small cat – named Pickles – was found by window cleaners hiding beneath wooden pallets in the playground of Abercynon Community Primary School on Tuesday 1 September.

It is thought the trapped cat dragged himself to the school with his leg held by the device. He had been missing since … Continue reading…

With Keep Wales Tidy’s Autumn Clean Cymru underway, the RSPCA is urging members of the public to “snip the straps” from used disposable face masks.

The call comes as new figures are published highlighting the impact litter has had on animals since the start of lockdown – with RSPCA Cymru dealing with 35 incidents across the country since lockdown was first announced on 23 March*.

Dumped face masks have become a new hazard to wildlife since the pandemic started. The … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru is celebrating news that the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill has been given Royal Assent.

A Royal Assent ceremony took place today (7 September), with the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths and First Minister Mark Drakeford present. The law is set to come into force on 1 December.

The legislation follows some 14 years of campaigning by the RSPCA, since the relevant powers were devolved to Wales – and will make it an … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has praised “magical microchipping” – after a cat who had been missing since December was reunited with his owners.

Black cat Sparkle had been missing for eight months before being found only 1.5 miles from his Michaelston Road home in Cardiff.

The RSPCA was alerted after the cat was seen on nearby Hengoed close with an injury to the base of his tail.  Fortunately, the injury wasn’t serious – and a scan of Sparkle’s microchip revealed his owner … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has come to the aid of a hedgehog trapped under a fence post in Cwmbran.

Local residents spotted the hedgehog on the pavement near their Beechleigh Close home, last Tuesday (18 August).

Tasha Jack and her nine-year-old son Jake went to check on the hedgehog soon afterwards – only to find the animal had got himself wedged under a nearby fence.

She said: “I was out walking with my son Jake, and we spotted the hedgehog on the … Continue reading…