It's the first scheme of its kind in Wales, which is also trying to crack down on the number of stolen horses being sold.
The RSPCA are appealing for anyone who may own a bearded dragon which has been found in a Swansea garden
An escaped rhea that was on the run at a golf course in South Wales has been caught.
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.
– Christine McNeil, RSPCA inspector
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.
– Christina Roberts-Kinsey, Principal trading standards officer, Vale of Glamorgan Council.
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.
The report shows the number of reported cases of cruelty and animal neglect increased from 146 in 2011 to 174 in 2012, the number of people reported for offences rose from 220 to 288 and the number of cautions went up from 51 to 61. The total convictions increased from 239 to 248.
Some areas in Wales have seen a disturbing increase in cruelty cases and this is a major cause of concern for us.
The RSPCA is leading the fight against a growing animal cruelty crisis. Our staff, volunteers and branches show tremendous dedication but they are struggling to keep up.
For us, prosecution is always the last resort. However last year inspectors investigated 174 suspected cruelty cases and secured 248 convictions
– Steve Carter, RSPCA Cymru national director
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.
The number of people convicted of animal neglect and cruelty doubled in parts of Wales last year, according to new figures from the RSPCA.
The total number of convictions across Wales rose from 239 to 248 between 2011 and 2012, but the report also found that in Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil convictions more than doubled from 23 to 76.
In north east wales, including Alyn and Deeside, Colwyn, Delyn, Glyndwr, Rhuddlan and Wrexham Maelor, convictions increased from 19 in 2011 to 59 in 2012. South east Wales, including Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly, Newport and Blaenau Gwent, saw convictions rise from 19 to 51.
A leading animal charity says Welsh Government plans to make microchipping of all dogs compulsory doesn't go far enough.
The RSPCA want ministers to introduce a compulsory dog registration scheme.
It argues that it will hold owners to account, help reduce the number of dogs abandoned and promote dog welfare.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says it is "delighted" the Welsh Government's announcement that all dogs in Wales must be microchipped by 1 March 2015.
The decision follows a public consultation here.
Compulsory microchipping legislation came into force in Northern Ireland last year, and will be introduced in England from April 2016.
– Bob Stevenson, President of BVA Welsh Branch
This is fantastic news for dog welfare in Wales. Microchipping provides veterinary practices, charities, and dog wardens with the ability to reunite lost and stray dogs quickly and safely with their owners.
It is important to remember that microchips are only as useful as the information held on the database and so we must all work together with the Welsh Government to ensure that dog owners understand the importance of keeping their information up to date.
There are approximately 190,000 dogs in Wales that would need to be microchipped, if it becomes compulsory. There are an estimated 450,000 dogs in Wales and it is estimated that some 58% are already microchipped.
RSPCA Cymru believes that compulsory microchipping will help make it easier to identify the owners of those dogs that have strayed or are being mistreated, neglected, abandoned or lost. The Welsh Government has announced plans to have all dogs in Wales microchipped by 1 March 2015.
The RSPCA has welcomed plans to microchip all of Wales' dogs by 2015. Following a consultation over compulsory dog microchipping, the Welsh Government has announced plans to draw up new regulations. Despite the announcement, the RSPCA says moe could be done.
– Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru head of external affairs
Although we welcome this announcement, we believe it doesn't go far enough. We also believe that the government should introduce a compulsory dog registration to improve dog owners’ accountability, deter casual acquirers of dogs and fund owner education services.