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Hunt for cat shooter after cat killed in Neath

Bird the cat Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The RSPCA is asking for information after a cat was killed in Neath.

The pet - called Bird - was found "in severe distress" with a puncture wound between its shoulders.

He was found on the night of May 17 in the Valley View area.

A spokesperson said Bird's owner is "absolutely devastated", and says other animals in the area have been shot too.

RSPCA Cymru is deeply worried about this concerning incident in Neath, and that this is not the first such reported case of this kind in the area.

We are so sad that Bird has lost his life, and our thoughts are with Lynette Roberts and the rest of the family.

"If anyone has any information connected to this cat shooting, believed to have taken place in the evening of 17 May, they are urged to contact the RSPCA, or South Wales Police, immediately.

– Gemma Cooper, RSPCA inspector

The organisation says all calls are treated in confidence.

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Birds shot dead near Pen-y-Cae, Powys

Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a buzzard and a raven were found dead in Pen-y-Cae by a member of the public. Another bird, a crow, was found alive but with severe damage to its wing, possibly caused by being shot.

The buzzard and raven were taken to the RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil clinic for x-rays where it was discovered that they had been shot with a pellet gun. Local residents have reported seeing an unusual white van parked in the area around 5 April.

The raven was put to sleep to prevent any further suffering because of the severity of the wounds.

It is incredibly disturbing that someone would come to the village and intentionally shoot these birds with a pellet gun. It is against the law to kill or injure wild birds (except under licence) and individuals can be fined up to £5,000 and potentially up to six months in prison for each bird killed.

I would urge anyone who has information about these incidents to please come forward and call the RSPCA Appeal line in confidence.

– Gemma Cooper, RSPCA inspector

Four grey seals released on the Pembroke coast

The four seals had all been rescued separately across Wales over the last few months and were given round the clock care and rehabilitation at an RSPCA centre.

Over the winter months, the RSPCA says, it receives a number of calls from members of the public about stranded seal pups. However, not all lone seal pups have been abandoned. RSPCA Cymru advises that if you find a seal pup that looks fit and healthy, and doesn’t show any signs of distress, it is best to monitor it from a safe distance for 24 hours.

Please do not touch seal pups (they can give a nasty bite) and keep dogs and other animals away from them.

This is the best part of being a member of the RSPCA inspectorate - seeing animals back into their natural habitat. I am grateful to Welsh Marine Life Rescue for their help in releasing these seals back into the sea.

We do get a number of calls about abandoned seal pups and it’s great that we are able to rescue them, give them the care they need and get them back out into the sea. I would like to remind members of public to follow our advice about leaving wild animals alone, for 24-hours, before contacting us, as human presence may hinder rather than help.

– Ellie West, Animal Collection Officer
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