Two French bulldog pups found abandoned in a Pontypool cardboard box are set to become television stars, after a remarkable U-turn in RSPCA Cymru care.

Yoda and Mogwai will play a starring role in the first episode of the new series of The Dog Rescuers, the hit Channel 5 show, which follows the animal welfare work of the RSPCA.

They were found by a member of the public in Pontypool Park on Saturday 12 November, and were taken into RSPCA … Continue reading…

PC Lee Webb with Boris and new handler PC Alan Mallett

This Thursday (16 June) will mark the start of a whole new adventure for RSPCA rescue dog Boris, as he graduates search dog training school. The two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier will be helping Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire police stop criminals in their tracks – a career world’s apart from his previous life.

Boris was brought in to RSPCA’s West Hatch Animal Centre near Taunton in Somerset in March this year by an RSPCA inspector after being given up … Continue reading…


The RSPCA is appealing for information after a terrified young puppy was left tied to a tree at daybreak in a muddy area of a Somerset village.

A group of people from the village of Creech St. Michael near Taunton Deane were out walking their dog in an area known to locals as ‘20-acre field’ at about 7:30am on Friday, 15 January. They saw a young man running away down the canal path, and shortly after they heard the sound … Continue reading…


Staff at our West Hatch Wildlife Centre have plenty of little mouths to feed after an influx of baby tawny owls were admitted into our care.

Over a four week period our West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset, has seen the equivalent of one tawny owlet admission per day. Now the centre is packed to the rafters with the young nestlings and fledglings.

The young tawny owls were brought in from across the south-west of England after they … Continue reading…


We are relieved DEFRA has decided against rolling out the badger cull to further counties after they backed down on plans to licence more culls in other parts of the British countryside.

Following pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire we feared large areas of land in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, East Sussex, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire would be included in future culling operations.

Reports that the Independent Expert Panel found the culls to be ineffective and inhumane add … Continue reading…