A man has been jailed for holding a knife to the throat of another man - and slitting the throat of that man's dog.
The judge said it was “entirely right” that defendant Peter David Hall, 44, of Cheshire View in Wrexham had been convicted for a knife threat against “an entirely innocent gentleman”. He was also convicted of a separate charge of criminal damage to his victim's dog.
Mold Crown Court heard the incident happened last August outside Stephen Harding's home in Southsea, Wrexham.
While walking past the house, the defendant started barking and snarling at the Mr Harding's Alsation named Lunar, who was in the front yard. When Lunar jumped the fence, Hall swore at Mr Harding, threatened to kill him if he didn't get his dog under control and held a knife to the dog owner's throat.
Mr Harding said that he felt terrified and “extremely intimidated” and just froze.
Hall then ran a the knife up Lunar's throat, kicked him and stamped on his head.
In shock and disbelief, the victim said he got the dog into the house and locked the door – but it was then he realised his pet was bleeding.
When police went to arrest Hall they found ammunition, an anti-dog pepper spray and a prohibited weapon as part of his collection of militaria. He was given a total jail sentence of 18 months. Hall denied any wrongdoing but was convicted by jury.
A search which has gripped dog-loving Britain has ended in sadness after Japanese Shiba Inu Sylvia was found drowned in the sea at the western entrance to the Menai Strait.
She was discovered west of Caernarfon, a few miles from where she disappeared from Newborough beach on the west coast of Anglesey a week ago.
Her owner Janice Bannister had spent £750 hiring a helicopter to comb the area and dog lovers from all over Britain joined in the search.
Mrs Bannister said she was devastated to discover Sylvia had drowned, but wished to thank all those who had helped her.
On her Facebook page set up to help trace her dog, Mrs Bannister posted:
'R.I.P Sweet Sylvia. I am so sorry we couldn't save you, I promised we'd find you and we did. Now you can come home to rest. Love and miss you, you will forever be in our hearts.'
North Wales Police say a dog owner is very distressed after all 5 of his pets were stolen.
Officers are appealing for witnesses and information after the thieves took the animals from Betws Garmon in Gwynedd.
The two bitches and three dogs are all crossed-terrier working animals and were kept by their owner in a kennel in a field adjacent to his property.
Investigating Officer Matt Tapping from Penygroes Police Station said the dogs were stolen between Monday 3rd March and Wednesday morning:
“The owner is clearly distressed because they were his pets as well as working dogs and as all dog owners will know each had its own character and personality and he is very anxious to get them back as soon as possible."
Anyone with information can contact North Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference RC14031976.
A leading animal charity says Welsh Government plans to make microchipping of all dogs compulsory doesn't go far enough.
The RSPCA want ministers to introduce a compulsory dog registration scheme.
It argues that it will hold owners to account, help reduce the number of dogs abandoned and promote dog welfare.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says it is "delighted" the Welsh Government's announcement that all dogs in Wales must be microchipped by 1 March 2015.
The decision follows a public consultation here.
Compulsory microchipping legislation came into force in Northern Ireland last year, and will be introduced in England from April 2016.
There are approximately 190,000 dogs in Wales that would need to be microchipped, if it becomes compulsory. There are an estimated 450,000 dogs in Wales and it is estimated that some 58% are already microchipped.
RSPCA Cymru believes that compulsory microchipping will help make it easier to identify the owners of those dogs that have strayed or are being mistreated, neglected, abandoned or lost. The Welsh Government has announced plans to have all dogs in Wales microchipped by 1 March 2015.
The RSPCA has welcomed plans to microchip all of Wales' dogs by 2015. Following a consultation over compulsory dog microchipping, the Welsh Government has announced plans to draw up new regulations. Despite the announcement, the RSPCA says moe could be done.
All dogs in Wales must be microchipped by 2015. New regulations to be set out by the Welsh Government aim to set up a clear link between dogs and their owners. It is hoped this will encourage an increase in responsible dog ownership.