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'Bale' and team mates looking for new home

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Five puppies, approximately two weeks-old, were found abandoned behind the Asda in Dowlais Top, Merthyr yesterday.

Ahead of Wales' historic quarter final match against Belgium tonight - the puppies have been named after a selection of the Welsh Euro 2016 heroes.

The three boys have been named after Bale, Allen and Williams whilst the girls are Taylor and Ramsey.

Bale-ed out: abandoned puppy is now being bottlefed Credit: RSPCA Cymru

It appears that these poor puppies have just been abandoned in a box.

The five puppies appear healthy, but are so young and could have died if they had not been found. We don’t know how long they had been there.

The five puppies consist of two brindle females, two brindle males and one grey male.

– Gemma Cooper, RSPCA inspector

Kittens dumped in bin in Porthmadog

The kittens are not yet available for rehoming. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after two kittens were dumped in a tied-up plastic bag in Porthmadog.

The two black and white kittens were discovered after their cries were heard. They were found in the plastic bag in the bin Last Sunday at 9.30am near the Harbour Masters Office in Porthmadog.

The kittens are about seven to eight weeks-old and are in good health. They have now been taken into our care and are doing well despite their awful ordeal.

It is just shocking what has happened. These kittens must have been so frightened when they were left in this bin and in a tied plastic bag.

We’re investigating this incident and we urge anyone with any information to contact us on the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

– RSPCA Inspector Mark Roberts

Home needed for three-legged lurcher

Fern lost her leg in a road traffic accident. Credit: RSPCA

A home is being sought for a three-legged lurcher called Fern.

The RSPCA says Fern, who is seven years old, recently had one of her front legs amputated after she became injured in a road traffic collision - but is coping extremely well without it.

Fern is being cared for at RSPCA Newport Animal Centre. Credit: RSPCA

Fern is such a lovely girl. We are looking for a quiet home for her and she would be able to live with sensible older children. She is good with other dogs too.

Fern came into the RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil Clinic with a leg injury and sadly on veterinary advice her leg was removed.

But she is coping wonderfully and she had her stitches out the other day.

She is still recovering however, and every now and again she will let out a little cry, bless her. But she is walking about just fine and loves spending her time down in our paddock area

– Samantha Richmond, Kennel Supervisor

Cat abandoned outside Cardiff office building

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A cat has been left abandoned in a pet carrier outside a Cardiff office building.

The cat was found at 6.55am on Monday outside the main gate of Treglown Court, Dowlais Road in a pet carrier that had a black bin bag around it.

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....She has severe alopecia and sores over most of her body. She didn’t have a collar or microchip, so we can’t identify her owner. It appears that this cat has been abandoned and someone has just dumped her alone in the cold. We don’t know how long she could have been there on her own. She is really shy

– Gary Lucas, RSPCA Animal Collection Officer


Thin and injured pony found 'struggling to walk'

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RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after an injured pony was found in a ‘terrible’ state, thin, injured and struggling to walk near Parc Cwm Darran in Bargoed.

The pony was found by a dog walker.

The pony is undergoing veterinary treatment.

She is extremely thin and her condition is very serious.

She has been made comfortable but she is not in a good way. She isn’t microchipped so we can’t identify her owner. We don’t know where she has come from.

We want to hear from anyone who recognises her and knows who she belongs to. She is very sweet.”

– Christine McNeil, RSPCA inspector

Anyone who may have information about this pony should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Body of rare sea turtle found at Porthmadog

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The RSPCA says the body of a rare sea turtle has been found at Porthmadog.

I believe it to be a green turtle, which is rarely seen in these waters and are usually found in the warmer waters of the tropics.

They feed on algae and seagrass and this one was small (young) as they would grow possibly four times larger.

We don’t know the cause of death, but the recent storms may have been something to do with its demise.

I have contacted the UK Cetaceans Investigation Programme (CSIP) who will confirm it's identity and hopefully cause of death, in due course.”

– Mike Pugh, RSPCA inspector

Rescued seabird from Wales found in Brazil

Manx Shearwater ringed by RSPCA after Pembrokeshire rescue found in South America

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A Manx Shearwater, which was cared for by the RSPCA after it was blown off course, has been found four years after it was released - thousands of miles away in Brazil.

The bird was rescued from Haverfordwest in September 2011 and needed a wash and some rest and recuperation.

It was released a few days later in North Devon.

The RSPCA says its body was found a few days ago at Extremoz, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

It is sad to hear that this bird had died, although it had survived for four years and the distance from the release location was 6,990 km.

It goes to show that the rescue and rehabilitation that the birds received was the correct course of action. Also it highlights the skills that the staff at West Hatch have and their expertise in this area. There were hundreds Shearwaters taken to West Hatch and over 400 were released.

If the RSPCA had not rescued these birds then they would likely have off perished in the surf as did hundreds of others.

– Keith Hogben, RSPCA Inspector

Three quarters of public 'support ban on wild animals in circuses'

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The RSPCA Cymru's been surveying our attitude to wild animals in Wales.

It says the term 'wild animal' means different thing to different people. But the charity classes them as those that are not normally domesticated. The list ranges from badgers to nesting birds, and includes pet snakes and elephants in captivity.

Its report found:

  • 74 percent of the public support a ban on wild animals performing in circuses in Wales after hearing that other European countries have banned animal performances in circuses.
  • 72 percent of those polled in Wales support a ban on the keeping of all primates as pet and recommends that the keeping of primates as pets is banned.

It wants more funding to investigate trade in exotic animals and spot checks on animal sanctuaries. It is also calling for a ban on sky lanterns and snares.

It is hoped this report can be a valuable guide to what is happening in Wales with regard to wild animal welfare and means that problems can be identified and addressed, solutions established, and positive learning replicated across different issues.

– Claire Lawson, Assistant director external relations, RSPCA Wales

We in Wales are at the forefront of implementing higher animal welfare standards.

The Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework sets out our vision for continuing and lasting improvements in standards for kept animals whilst also helping to protect public health and contributing to the economy and the environment.

The Framework represents a significant opportunity for us to focus on delivery to achieve the highest standards of animal health and welfare and this indicator report, which contains a snapshot of some of the animal welfare concerns, provides a baseline of available data and recommendations for improvements.

– Rebecca Evans AM, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food
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