RSPCA Cymru has warmly welcomed confirmation from the Welsh Government that the country’s dog breeding regulations are to be revisited.

This follows a report published by the Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group on the issue of dog breeding – including input from the RSPCA.

At present, anyone with three or more breeding bitches meeting certain conditions must be licensed – but welfare issues and poor breeding practices persist in Wales, as exposed by a recent BBC documentary.

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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.

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Members of the Senedd have unanimously backed the general principles of a law which will ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales. 

A vote took place on the floor of the Welsh Parliament yesterday evening (7 January), with all Members in favour – meaning a ban on the “out-dated practice” draws ever nearer.

RSPCA Cymru has long led the campaign to outlaw the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales – with the country … Continue reading…

A snake ‘wreaked havoc’ in a hotel room* in Doncaster on New Year’s Eve. 

 

The RSPCA was called about the kingsnake – which is a species commonly kept as a pet – at about 6pm after someone had checked into the hotel, gone to their room and discovered the reptile.

RSPCA inspector Sara Jordan said: “Staff were alerted and went to the room, saw the snake, closed and put towels up against the door and promptly called us!

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The RSPCA has rescued a seal pup who managed to find his way to Tattershall Castle in Lincoln.

 

It’s thought the young grey seal had come down the weir and climbed up the bank before trying to get into a small dyke.

He was spotted by a family walking their dogs on Boxing Day, and they called the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Kate Burris said: “It was definitely unexpected to be contacted about a seal pup at Tattershall Castle!

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