The RSPCA Gwent branch is appealing for volunteers and support to help the charity continue its vital work rescuing animals in need across the South East Wales region.

The branch, which stretches from Newport to Builth Wells from Brecon to Monmouth, dealt with over 70 rescues and enquiries in June alone.

These included the rescue of a duck with an injured wing in Lydney Boating Lake. The branch assisted the inspectorate in this rescue and it took three attempts to … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information after a fatal herring gull shooting in the Rhyl area.

The animal welfare charity was contacted after a member of the public saw the gull fall from a rooftop in the Frederick Street area of the town.

Unfortunately, the bird had a badly injured and blood-splattered wing, and an X-ray at a local veterinary practice found three air gun pellets. The incident took place on 10 June.

Sadly, the gull’s injuries were … Continue reading…

The Welsh Government has been urged to ban “torturous, cruel” glue traps in Wales and not risk the nation’s animal welfare standards “falling behind” England – as the UK Government gives its support to a Private Members Bill.

Calls come after Wolverhampton North East MP Jane Stevenson proposed a Private Member’s Bill – the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill – which would ban the use of these traps in England. The Bill has the backing of the UK Government.

Glue traps, … Continue reading…

An otter has been returned to the wild following a run-in with an electric fence in Carmarthenshire.

RSPCA Cymru was contacted after members of the public spotted the otter appearing lethargic on 22 May.

It is believed the otter had sadly run into a nearby electric fence and was disorientated from the experience.

The member of the public was able to confine the otter by placing a wire run over the top of him – before RSPCA animal rescue officer … Continue reading…

A “fox in the box” scored an own goal – after getting caught in football goal netting in a back garden in Swansea.

RSPCA animal rescue officer Paula Milton raced to the scene on Long View Road in Swansea on 19 May, and found the fox cub’s back legs and pelvis hopelessly tangled in the goal netting.

ARO Milton was able to keep the cub calm by covering him in a big blanket, before she cut him loose from the … Continue reading…