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"Dragon" found in Swansea garden

The RSPCA are appealing for anyone who may own a bearded dragon which has been found in a Swansea garden

The emu on the golf course

Catch me if you can!

An escaped rhea that was on the run at a golf course in South Wales has been caught.

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'Fivefold rise' in number of rescued horses

The animal charity says there is a 'horse crisis' Credit: RSPCA/PA Images

The RSPCA are launching a campaign to find loving homes for hundreds of rescue horse and ponies after claims there is a crisis in the number of horses being neglected.

5 years ago, the animal charity was rescuing one horse every eight days in Wales - now it's at least one every other day on average.

It says the number of rescued horses between 2009 and 2013 has risen fivefold.

The animal charity says falling horse prices, rising feed and care costs have led to thousands of animals being neglected, dumped and, in some cases, left starving to death.

It says Swansea has seen the biggest increase in the number of horses rescued with a rise of 1289% .

"Significant rise" in Welsh animal abuse reports

There has been a 14 percent rise in the number of reports of animal abuse to the RSPCA in Wales over the last year.

The charity has dealt with a number of high profile cases in the country, including that of a horse breeder who allowed his ponies to suffer so much that nine had to be euthanised.

He was jailed for ten weeks after being found guilty of multiple animal welfare offences in October 2013.

The charity has also seen a twenty percent increase in the number of convictions for animal cruelty.

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Rise in the number of animal cruelty cases in Wales

The charity is worried about the number of cruelty cases on the rise. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA says there has been a significant rise in the number of animal cruelty cases reported to the charity.

Last year the number of animals rescued or collected by the charity more than doubled and there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of convictions for animal cruelty.

RSPCA Cymru's Stever Carter, said: "For us, prevention of cruelty is key and that is why we have to try to work with people wherever possible to educate them and improve the lives of animals - a fact that is reflected in the rise in the number of offenders cautioned.

"However, where there is evidence of a crime and serious animal abuse then we will take legal action to protect the animals and prevent further abuse. We also want to see courts taking these offences far more seriously."

Resident finds 14 geckos dumped in bins

The RSPCA say the dumped geckos are in good health. Credit: PSPCA

Fourteen geckos have been found dumped among communal bins in Penarth.

The lizards were discovered inside four plastic boxes by a local resident who was using the bins at Park View Court on Sunday.

The RSPCA says there was no food or water inside the boxes but the geckos were in good condition and were transferred to a local wildlife centre.

RSPCA Inspector Gary Lucas said, "We are trying to find out where these lizards came from and how they came to end up among these bins.

“It is unusual because there was such a large number of them which makes it more likely that someone will have information about where they came from."

Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018.

Can you solve the mystery of this train-travelling dog?

This sandy-coloured Chihuahua was found on a train travelling from Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen yesterday afternoon Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The owner of a dog found travelling alone on a train in Swansea is being sought by staff at RSPCA Cymru.

The sandy-coloured Chihuahua was discovered in a carry case by a guard on the Arriva Trains service from Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen yesterday afternoon.

RSPCA workers believe the dog to be elderly, but otherwise healthy.

Inspector Nic De Celis said: “There could be someone out there who is missing this dog and is frantic with worry and we’d really like to reunite them with their pet. But at the moment the reason why this dog was left alone on the train is a complete mystery.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who has any information, whether they noticed the dog while travelling on the train or if they know of someone who is missing a Chihuahua”.

Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018.

Orphaned otter rescued from Gwynedd riverbank

The cub is believed to be around 10 weeks old Credit: RSPCA

An orphaned otter cub is making good progress at an RSPCA wildlife centre, after being rescued from the bank of an estuary in Gwynedd.

A member of the public heard loud squeaking noises while out walking near the village of Talsarnau on Boxing Day and found the young cub on the bank.

The RSPCA says the cub was becoming increasingly distressed and as there was no sign of his parents returning, he was taken into the care of a local vet. He's now being cared for at the RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire.

The cub is being cared for at a wildlife centre and will eventually be released back to the wild Credit: RSPCA

Rob Scrivens, otter rehabilitation co-ordinator at Stapeley, said: "This youngster is around 9-10 weeks old and is a really feisty character, which is very good sign. He is currently eating well and seems bright and healthy.

"It is unclear why he was separated from his parents but the recent bad weather could be to blame."He added that once the cub is big and independent enough to fend for himself he will be released back to the wild.

RSPCA inspector Mark Roberts said: "This little otter has somehow become separated from his mother and could have died without intervention.

"We would like to remind people before touching any baby wild animal, we always advise monitoring first to check that it is genuinely orphaned or abandoned, as mum is often nearby and waiting for you to leave."

The cub was found on an estuary bank in Gwynedd Credit: RSPCA

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Fly-grazing plans welcomed

The RSPCA wants a fly-grazing free Wales. Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

RSPCA Cymru is welcoming the Welsh Government’s plans aimed at tackling fly-grazing and abandoned horses and ponies.

The Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies AM, yesterday announced his intention to fast-track the Control of Horses (Wales) Bill through the National Assembly for Wales.

The Bill will give local authorities the power to seize, impound and make arrangements for horses found fly-grazing or abandoned on public or private land without permission.

Owners will be given seven days to come forward and will also be liable for costs incurred by the local authority over that time.

RSPCA continues duck rescue in Denbighshire

Many of the ducks living on the pond were covered in oil Credit: RSPCA

Efforts are continuing to rescue ducks caught in an oil spill at a pond in Denbighshire. RSPCA officers were called to Glyndyfrdwy, Corwen yesterday after reports oil was dumped in a pond there last week. Around 200 ducks have been rounded up and taken to an RSPCA centre in Somerset for cleaning.

The birds have been taken to West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton for treatment Credit: RSPCA

RSCPA Inspector Keith Hogben said: "There is no doubt that this oil was deliberately dumped and these poor birds have been suffering as a result. If we were not wading in to the rescue they would be unlikely to survive."

RSPCA staff are cleaning the ducks with washing-up liquid Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA 'struggling to cope' with abandoned kittens

by James Crichton-Smith

The RSPCA in Swansea says it is seeing an increase in the number of abandoned cats and kittens it's taking in.

Staff there described this year as the 'worst ever' for the problem and said they're struggling to cope.

The problem stems from cat owners being caught out when their un-neutered pets have litters.

Now the society is working with Cardiff University to try to establish why owners aren't taking preventative measures.

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