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RSPCA 'struggling to cope' with abandoned kittens

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.


RSPCA rescues 12st St Bernard dog through window

It took six people to remove the St Bernard from the Mountain Ash property Credit: RSPCA

A St Bernard dog weighing 12 stone has been rescued through a window after its owners were suspected of abandoning it at a house in Mountain Ash.

It took three officers, two members of the public and a police inspector to remove the dog from the property, where he was discovered along with a cat and a hamster.

The three animals, said to be in a 'reasonable condition', are now being cared for by the RSPCA and will be rehomed in 14 days if the owners do not come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSCA on 0300 1234 999.

Stone throwers 'broke' cygnet's leg says RSPCA

The RSPCA says the cygnet's leg was broken in the attack. Credit: RSPCA

A cygnet has been put down after its leg was broken in an apparent stone throwing attack yesterday says the RSPCA.

A member of the public called the charity after witnessing what she claimed were two boys throwing stones at the cygnet and two adult swans as they swam on the river Ogmore.

One of the stones directly hit the cygnet and the witness described how the adult birds tried in vain to get it out of the water but it kept falling over as its leg appeared to be broken.

The RSPCA says the cygnet has to be put down after the attack. Credit: RSPCA

When RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben arrived at the scene at Merthyr Mawr near Bridgend he picked up the cygnet and took it to a local vet who confirmed that the cygnet’s femur was smashed. The bird was put it to sleep as a result.

Inspector Hogben said, “I am disgusted by this attack on a young, defenceless swan. The poor animal didn’t stand a chance. "

Anyone with information about the incident can contact the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

Mystery substance kills gulls in Pembrokeshire

Twelve seagulls have died Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA says twelve gulls have died after coming into contact with a mystery substance between Broadhaven and Newgale in St Brides Bay, Pembrokeshire.

Inspectors searched a 7km stretch of the the coast. Credit: RSPCA

It says the water was clean and clear and no smell of oil was detected in the air.

There seemed to be some substance on the bird’s feathers but at this stage it is unclear why the birds died.

Any Information: 0300 1234 999.


RSPCA Inspector: 'Most diseased horses' I have seen

These horses turned out to be the most poorly and diseased horses I have come across. It is my belief that the 12 in the barn had been left there to die. We are hopeful that the disqualification will mean that no other horses have to suffer at the hands of these defendants.

These horses were suffering or their needs were not being met but there are hundreds of other horses across Wales and England which may not be suffering but are just being left to illegally graze and indiscriminately breed. It really is a massive problem that we struggle to deal with day after day.

“We worked closely with Bridgend County Council throughout this case and their assistance was pivotal in securing today’s result.

– Christine McNeil, RSPCA inspector

Trading standards 'welcome' horse trader jail term

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has worked extremely hard, in partnership with the police and neighbouring authorities, to see Tom Price brought to justice, and we all welcome today’s verdict. His actions have caused a great deal of suffering to his horses. But, in allowing the horses to fly-graze, straying onto public roads and residential areas, he could also have risked the safety of the public.

Throughout the Vale council’s investigations, Tom Price repeatedly denied ownership of the horses and failed to cooperate with the council’s requests. Despite the terms of the ASBO, Tom Price has continued with his illegal practices and has breached the order several times. The Vale council hopes today’s verdict will act as a strong deterrent against fly-grazing practices, not only in the Vale of Glamorgan but throughout the UK.

– Christina Roberts-Kinsey, Principal trading standards officer, Vale of Glamorgan Council.
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