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Dyfed Powys Police warning to dog owners

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Police are warning dog owners to keep their pets under control whether at home or out in public.

The warning from Dyfed-Powys Police comes after what they say is a notable increase in reports of incidents involving dogs in Powys in the last few months.

The force says any dog of any breed or type can be considered dangerous in any place if it is not kept under control. The dog doesn’t have to bite anyone, it could just show aggressive behaviour that makes someone feel in fear for their safety.

To avoid further increase in such incidents, officers urge owners to be extra vigilant when taking their dogs for walks in public areas and to ensure that the dogs are secure when at home.

Number of incidents:

  • April: 4
  • May: 15
  • June:10
  • July: 6

I urge anyone walking their dog to be mindful and take appropriate precautions - such as keeping them on a lead. It is also important that dogs are kept secure when at home to prevent any incidents.

While there are precautions that can be taken to keep dogs under control, there are also consequences for those dogs that become a danger to the public and we will enforce where necessary.

– Sergeant Keith Gibby, Dog Section


Man jailed after slitting dog's throat

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 defendant ran his knife up an Alsation dog before kicking and stamping on his head Credit: PA

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.

Search for missing dog Sylvia ends in sadness

Japanese Shiba Inu called Sylvia was found drowned Credit: Janice Bannister

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.'

Owner 'distressed' after all five dogs stolen

All five dogs were taken from Betws Garmon. Credit: North Wales Police

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.

One bitch was found abandoned several miles away. Credit: North Wales Police

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."

The animals were all working dogs. Credit: North Wales Police

Anyone with information can contact North Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference RC14031976.


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Welsh microchipping plan 'doesn't go far enough'

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.

Vets 'delighted' with 2015 microchipping deadline

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.

This is fantastic news for dog welfare in Wales. Microchipping provides veterinary practices, charities, and dog wardens with the ability to reunite lost and stray dogs quickly and safely with their owners.

It is important to remember that microchips are only as useful as the information held on the database and so we must all work together with the Welsh Government to ensure that dog owners understand the importance of keeping their information up to date.

– Bob Stevenson, President of BVA Welsh Branch

Thousands of dogs to be microchipped

Plans to microchip all Wales' dogs by 2015 have been announced Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/Press Association Images

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.

RSPCA welcome microchip plans

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.

Although we welcome this announcement, we believe it doesn't go far enough. We also believe that the government should introduce a compulsory dog registration to improve dog owners’ accountability, deter casual acquirers of dogs and fund owner education services.

– Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru head of external affairs
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