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The RSPCA says it is appealing for information after two kittens were found in a box at Pen Yr Heol quarry in Gorseinon.
A member of the public found one of the kittens had died when they discovered them on 31 May.
The member of the public who found the kittens took them to RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre.
The quarry is not in operation so there are no further lines of enquiry there. We are now appealing for anyone with information about these kittens to contact us. They were around six weeks old.
We don’t know how the one kitten passed away - but the other kitten is doing well at Llys Nini Animal Centre.”
The RSPCA in Wales says last year it rescued 8,537 animals.
The charity says some of these included 654 dogs, 2,714 cats, 380 rabbits, 343 hedgehogs, 219 chickens, 133 ferrets, 136 sheep, 151 reptiles and 26 goldfish.
RSPCA inspectors and officers in Wales also dealt with many unusual animals and birds, they included:
- two Amazon parrots
- three boa constrictors
- one lovebird
- seven peacocks
- one Chinese water dragon
- three slow worms
- 136 jackdaws
- six yellow necked mice
- one puffin
- three red kites
- three tarantulas
- five European polecats
Sadly many of the animals we rescued last year were callously abandoned. It is an offence to abandon any animal and there is never any excuse for doing so. If people have pets they cannot care for, for any reason, then help and advice is always available from the RSPCA
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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% .
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.
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."
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.
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.