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10-week-old kitten found in carrier bag in Barry

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RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a black and white kitten was found alive in a plain blue carrier bag in a children’s playground on Vere Street, Barry.

The 10-week old kitten was discovered by a member of the public who found the kitten on Sunday night at around 11.30pm.

Sadly, it is possible that this beautiful kitten may have been abandoned but if the kitten did escape and someone knows who the owner is, we really would like to reunite them.

– Gemma Black, RSPCA Inspector

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'Huge soar' in calls about animals in hot environments

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RSPCA Cymru says it received 133 calls in June about animals in hot environments in Wales, and is bracing itself for a busy July as temperatures continue to soar across the country.

The new figures suggest that, in Wales, the RSPCA receives more than one call on the issue every five and a half hours.

Across England and Wales, 2,065 calls were received on the issue by the charity over the month – with a majority relating to dogs, often left in cars, caravans or vans on warm days.

Over 2017, to the end of June, 290 calls have been received by the charity on the issue in Wales - meaning 46% of calls came in the month of June alone. Now, RSPCA predict a peak in reports of animals struggling in the heat during the month of July.

Members of the public are urged to call 999 - rather than the RSPCA - if they see a dog in distress in a hot car. The Police will then inform the RSPCA if assistance is required.

Put simply, there are fatal dangers of leaving animals in unsuitable environments, like dogs in warm cars.

Temperatures can soar quickly in a car, caravan, conservatory or outbuilding. If it’s 22 outside, within an hour the temperature can reach 47C inside, which can have disastrous consequences for animals.

– Martyn Hubbard, RSPCA superintendent

Birds shot dead near Pen-y-Cae, Powys

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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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Skewen cat rescued after getting trapped in 2.5 inch gap

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A cat has been rescued in the Neath area – after becoming wedged between a wall and a wooden fence.

The black cat had got stuck in a gap only 2.5 inches in width, and was unable to move free. The trapped moggy had been spotted by a member of the public in the Skewen area of the town.

RSPCA Cymru attended, and worked with the caller to release the cat - with the wooden fence pushed back, and the cat brought back to safety by RSPCA animal welfare officer Paula Milton. The cat was safe with no injuries, so was immediately released.

We're so grateful to the member of the public for calling this in, and helping out this poor cat from this remarkable ordeal.

The gap was just 2.5 inches wide, and the cat was completely stuck. The person had tried to entice the cat out with food, but the poor thing was wedged tight.

Fortunately, we were quickly able to set the moggy free – by moving the fence, and picking up the cat. The cat, thankfully, was safe and uninjured, so was immediately released.

– Paula Milton, RSPCA

Kitten rescued after 24 hours in a tree during Storm Doris

A kitten has been rescued after being stuck 50-feet up a tree in Maesteg during the height of Storm Doris.

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Topper, a male kitten, was unable to get down safely after getting trapped up the tree on Metcalfe Street.

RSPCA Cymru enlisted the support of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who cut down the tree and rescued Topper on Saturday. He's since been reunited with his owner.

It's frankly amazing that Topper managed to stay in the tree securely for as long as he did, as the wind was really thrashing this brave kitten about. We’re grateful to the support of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service in completing this rescue; which is another great example of how we often work together to help animals in the local community. Topper was very cold and wet, but thankfully suffered no injuries at all – and it was great to be able to help reunite him with his owner.

– Gemma Cooper, RSPCA inspector

We’re so grateful to the RSPCA, and the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who went out of their way to help Topper. They were absolutely fantastic. He’s settled back in really well, is back with the mother cat, and is now more affectionate than ever!

– Margaret Seymour, Topper’s owner

Puppy dumped 'in the dead of night'

Hugo was found in Swansea. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCa says a puppy was found abandoned in the early hours of the morning on the doorstep of a member of the public who works closely with one of the charity's branches.

Nicknamed Hugo, he was found with a distended stomach and an eye problem. He was taken to a local veterinary practice, for initial care, including worming and flea treatment.He is believed to be around 12 or 13 weeks old.

He was found at 5.30am on 29th January.

RSPCA Cymru is now urging any member of the public who may have witnessed anything, or have any relevant information, to come forward.

This poor pup was found abandoned, and in need of veterinary help and care, in the early hours of the morning. It's such a relief he was found in good time, and he is thankfully doing well with a foster carer.

It seems possible a member of the public knew the home belonged to someone who works with an RSPCA branch. and thought this was an easy route to abandoning this poor, defenceless animal.

However, we cannot be clear as to the circumstances behind this incident. We're urging anyone who may have seen anything relevant to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

– Andrew Harris, RSPCA animal welfare officer
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