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Search on for owner of snake found in garden

A snake has been found in a garden in Pembrokeshire - and now the search is on for its owner.

The RSPCA said the young radiated rat snake was found at Lower St Mary Street in Newport, Pembrokeshire, yesterday.

The snake is now in the care of an exotics specialist. Credit: RSPCA Cymru

We don’t know where this snake has come from, but he could well have escaped from an owner nearby. The snake is in good body condition and appears to be healthy.

– Holly Brown, RSPCA

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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Man given 12-month community order for tethering a horse

A man from Swansea has been given a 12-month community order after being found guilty of a tethering offence.

Alan Jenkins had pleaded not guilty to one offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Alan Jenkins has been given a 12-month community order after being found guilty of a tethering offence. Credit: RSPCA

Swansea Magistrates Court heard that Alan Jenkins he did not meet the needs of a chestnut mare, with foal at foot, kept at the ‘Racecourse’ in Penlan.

The court found Jenkins did not provide for the horse’s needs in terms of adequate shelter, food and water, and the tethering method used.

The Welsh Government Code of Practice for Equines states that tethering is not a suitable long term method of keeping a horse.

Hopefully this will serve as a lesson to those in the area who persist in using tethering as a way to keep their horses.

It is not acceptable to tether a horse other than as an exceptional short term method and where significant welfare breaches are identified in the future the owners could risk prosecution.

– Neill Manley, RSPCA inspector
Alan Jenkins did not provide for the horses needs in terms of adequate shelter, food and water. Credit: RSPCA

As well as a 12 month community order Jenkins was ordered to pay the RSPCA £750 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

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Cat survives being shot in Aberbeeg

Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot by an air rifle.

It says Tabitha, a tortie who is six years-old, was shot in the Pantddu, Christchurch area of Aberbeeg on 22 May between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.

She was rushed to the vets and it was found that a pellet was lodged in her ribs. Luckily the pellet is not causing her any major problems but she is receiving veterinary treatment.

Credit: RSPCA

Poor Tabitha must have been in so much pain. Sadly it is most likely that she was shot deliberately and she is very lucky that the pellet didn’t cause her more harm.

We don’t know who could have done this, so we are appealing for information. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence

– Izzi Hignell, RSPCA Inspector

Budgie found 'abandoned' in a fish tank

The RSPCA says a budgie has been found on a street in Bridgend in a fish tank.

The bird in the Glanffornwg area on May 11.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Paula Milton said: “We have no other information or evidence, but it appears that this budgie has sadly been abandoned.

“We are appealing for information to try and find out what happened.

“Anyone with information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”

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