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.
The RSPCA says it is being swamped with abandoned kittens at its branch in Swansea, with staff saying its the worst year ever.
Now the organisation is working with Cardiff University to find out why owners aren't getting their cats neutered.
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.
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.
The RSPCA says twelve gulls have died after coming into contact with a mystery substance between Broadhaven and Newgale in St Brides Bay, Pembrokeshire.
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.
It's not just humans who are affected by the hot weather. The RSPCA is warning pet owners that their animals may need sun protection too. Rob Shelley reports.
It's one of the biggest cases of horse cruelty the RSPCA has ever dealt with. Today a horse trader has been jailed in Cardiff and banned from keeping horses after being convicted of causing unnecessary suffering. Thomas Tony Price and his family are thought to own thousands of horses.
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.
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.
A 49-year-old man has been jailed for 26 weeks by Cardiff Magistrates for charges of cruelty to animals.
Thomas Tony Price was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the welfare needs of 27 horses earlier this year.
Today he was given a prison sentence and banned from owning, transporting and dealing horses for five years.
He was also ordered to pay the RSPCA £43,484 in costs.
The horses were removed from five different locations across the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend between February and March last year.
Twelve of the horses were found locked in a barn with no space or access to food or water. They were underweight and suffering from various untreated conditions.
The Price family are thought to own around 2,500 horses throughout Wales and England.
The number of cases of animal neglect and cruelty in Wales has been revealed today.
Nicola Johnson is an RSPCA Inspector in Newport, and she says some owners don't realise how expensive pets can be.