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Man caught drink driving - in a horse and cart

A businessman was caught drink driving - in a horse and cart.

Andrew Thomas, 52, jumped in the horse-drawn carriage after a night drinking with friends at his local pub.

Police pulled over the cart in Llanelli, West Wales, and found that Thomas was intoxicated.

He appeared before magistrates where he admitted being drunk in charge of an animal.

Magistrates bound him over to keep the peace for six months warning him to avoid using a horse and cart when drunk.

Can you help trace the people who hurt this dog?

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was allegedly beaten by two men in Caerphilly.

A member of the public, who notified the RSPCA, said a woman riding a horse said she saw two men beating a dog and then ran off.

The dog is now with vets in Newport Credit: RSPCA

The male brindle lurcher was found collapsed on a small grass verge at the end of Rudry Road, Rudry, Caerphilly, on Tuesday.

The RSPCA urges anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch.

The poor thing was found by a member of public in a collapsed state with an injured head. The dog was disorientated and lethargic.

A lady on a horse allegedly told the member of public that she saw two males in the area beat the dog. Unfortunately we have no details of the lady on the horse and no descriptions of the males.

– Holly Brown, RSPCA

The dog has now been taken to a vet in Newport, but is not recovering well.

Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.


North Wales cat centre 'bursting at the seams'

A cat rescue service in north Wales says it is 'bursting at the seams' and the problem is getting worse.

The centre is looking to re-home as many cats and kittens as possible. Credit: North Clwyd Animal Rescue

The North Clwyd Animal Rescue Service is currently home to over 170 cats and kittens. Last year the centre built a 'Moggy mansion' for just over 80 cats and kittens, but that number has more than doubled in the last year.

Social media is being blamed for part of the problem, as people buy animals cheaply or are given them for free online, without being told about the costs involved in caring for them.

The number of cats at the centre has more than doubled in the last year. Credit: North Clwyd Animal Rescue
  • The average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year is three.
  • The average number of kittens in a litter is four to six.
  • In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats.
  • Only four in twelve of those 420,000 cats will find a home.
  • The average cost to have a kitten spayed or neutered is £50- £70.
  • To have them vaccinated costs an extra £15- £20.
The centre says people buy or are given cats without knowing about the costs of care. Credit: North Clwyd Animal Rescue

Woman fined for not cleaning up after dog on beach

The woman was given a £75 fixed penalty notice Credit: PA

A woman has been fined £75 for failing to clean up after her dog on Pendine beach.

Council environmental enforcement officers were on duty in the area and issued the woman with a fixed penalty notice.

Officers saw a man and woman walking a dog each on a lead. The dog in the woman’s control defecated. Officers then saw the woman kick sand over the faeces and walk away making no attempt to remove it.

This offence happened on a day which was warm and sunny and there were lots of people on the beach including children. Burying dogs mess in the sand does not constitute its removal and I would like to remind the public that this is unacceptable.

– Carmarthenshire County Council

"I'm not lovin' it" - hedgehog stuck in McDonald's lid

A baby hedgehog wasn't lovin' it - when its head was stuck in a McDonald's ice cream lid.

The hedgehog is now safe and well. Credit: RSPCA

The young hedgehog became trapped when he couldn't escape from the plastic lid of a discarded McFlurry container. It was rescued when a walker discovered the creature in distress at a park in Cardiff.

The animal lover placed the hedgehog safely in a box until the RSPCA arrived to treat it.

In 2006 McDonald's were pressured by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society to change the packaging of the McFlurry because so many hedgehogs were suffering "a nasty, gruesome death."

After a lengthy campaign McDonald's agreed to make the hole in their lids smaller to stop fully grown hedgehogs getting their heads stuck.

But it seems the baby hedgehog in this case was just small enough to become trapped in St Mellons, Cardiff.

Gary Lucas, RSPCA animal collection officer who attended the scene, said: "I was able to cut off the lid and I have taken it to the vets for a weight check before release. We urge people to throw away their litter responsibly."


Seal pup found walking in road and headed for town

Seals are not usually known for their hiking credentials - but this young pup has been on quite a mission. The exhausted pup was found half a mile from Abereiddy beach in Pembrokeshire.

Jelly the seal pup was rescued after being found on the road. Credit: RSPCA

Animal collection officer Ellie West said Jelly, who is only a week old, had been on quite a tiring adventure and was found at 4am on Tuesday. The pup is now at a RSPCA’s wildlife centre for rehabilitation until its ready to be released back into the wild.

Jelly went to straight to sleep when she was put in a RSPCA van. Credit: RSPCA

Members of the public renting a holiday cottage next to the beach woke up at 3am to a crying noise and found the seal at the back of the cottage. They tried to go back to bed, but continued to worry about its welfare and went out again but the seal wasn’t there. They went looking for her and found her underneath a car half a mile up the road heading towards St David’s. Jelly was quite skinny and underweight. She had been on quite an adventure trying to find mum, but she had strayed some distance from the coast. All she did was sleep when I got to her.”

– Animal collection officer Ellie West

Teen gets ten year ban for fighting dogs crime

A man from North Wales has been given a suspended jail sentence after he admitted a string of animal cruelty charges following a major operation to tackle wildlife crime.

Two dogs, including this whippet called Jack, were seized. Credit: North Wales Police

Charles Ross Clark admitted keeping dogs in connection with fighting wild animals and was banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

The 19-year-old appeared at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to five charges.

Clark admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs and two charges of possession of a dead badger.

RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said, “The sentence passed down shows just how serious these offences are taken by the courts. It sends out a strong and clear message to anyone who thinks they can take their dogs out into the countryside to fight wild animals."

Operation Morpheus was launched after the RSPCA received intelligence which suggested Clark, along with other people, was involved in hunting wild mammals with dogs. Warrants were carried out by North Wales Police at six addresses in August last year.

Clark initially claimed the badger was road kill.

Man jailed after starving dog found with missing eye

A Pontypool man has been given a prison sentence after he failed to properly look after his pet dog.

Molly is now healthy and has been re-homed. Credit: RSPCA

Marcus Williams of Coed Llwyd Close, Blaenavon, Pontypool, appeared before magistrates in Newport and pleaded guilty to two charges relating to animal welfare.

One was for failing to ensure that his nine-year-old springer spaniel, named Molly, received a suitable diet for her breed and age and also that he did not seek medical treatment for her eye.

“Molly was found with a missing eye, in an emaciated state and locked in a porch way in her own faeces and urine. Since then, she has been cleaned, fed to a good weight and had an operation to close her missing eye. Molly has now been re-homed to a lovely family.

– Emma Smith, RSPCA inspector

Williams was given a 12-week prison sentence and was given a five-year ban on keeping any animals. Magistrates also ordered Williams to hand over a lurcher dog in his care to the RSPCA.

Appeal for information to trace owner of lost owl

The RSPCA is appealing for information after an owl was found in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The owl was found in Ystrad in Pentre Credit: RSPCA

According to the charity, it is believed that the bird is owned by someone as it appears tame and has a metal ID ring on its leg, but efforts to trace the owner from the ring have so far failed.

The eagle owl was found on the road near Danycoed, Ystrad in Pentre on Saturday.

A member of the public saw the owl in the road and crows were attacking it. The bird couldn’t fly away, so it was thought the owl was injured.

The owl has had a health check at a local vets and has no injures, but was lethargic. The bird is doing really well, but it has been a stressful experience.

– Sarah Davies, RSPCA animal collection officer
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