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Animal cruelty in Bridgend and South Wales
I'll admit that was an exaggeration.
But I heared about cat poisonings in Bridgend and suspected cat sacrifices for haloween in Merthyr Tydffil, etc. . . .
So with all haste, I scampered over to the keyboard to share yet another one of South Wales' dark and mysterious secrets with you, but I couldn't find much online.
So it might just be bollocks.
Never mind, here's something pretty disgusting for the spitty cussy people to spit and cuss over. I'd love to join you, but the herbal medicine I just tried turned out to be psychoactive and I can't stop giggling, but I do care, honestly.
I can assure you I shall be spitting and cussing when it's worn off.
If anyone has some information in this area can you post it please?
RSPCA report shock rise in animal cruelty cases
Jul 30 2008 by Sally Williams, Western Mail
CRUELTY to dogs has risen by a third in Wales in just one year, according to shocking new statistics published today by the RSPCA.
The figures, covering 2007, reveal a catalogue of horrors, including cases in which animals have been strangled and bludgeoned to death.
Some of the most disturbing individual cases highlighted in the report include:
A tottweiler discovered in Cardiff with a deep neck wound from a collar that had to be surgically removed because it was four inches smaller than its neck;
a woman who “docked” the tails of eight yelping puppies with a pair of scissors;
and the “smallest great Dane ever recorded in the world”, which had to be rescued from “filthy neglect” in Mid Wales.
The tales from the RSPCA inspectors’ case files also display some remarkable feats of survival, including a hamster that had to be rescued after it had been dumped in a wheelie bin in Newport.
But other fragile creatures were not so lucky, including a kitten that was kicked and later died after being burnt on a radiator by a man in West Wales.
Romain de Kerckhove, acting superintendent for RSPCA Wales, said despite such cases, dogs have always borne the brunt of cruelty ranging from violent outbursts to extreme neglect.
“That’s what makes this year’s horrendous 34% increase even more shocking: it’s a massive increase on an already high figure,” he said.
“These animals are the helpless victims of a cruel society.
“Some are bought for profit and discarded when the novelty wears off, whereas others are the victims of heartless individuals.
“Worse still, some animals are violently abused because they don’t meet their owners’ unrealistic expectations, like the rott-weiler choking on a painfully tight flea collar or the Harris hawk attacked because it happened to stray into an allotment in Bridgend.”
Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the Dogs Trust charity, said: “Dogs Trust cares for many dogs who have been victims of mistreatment, abandonment and downright cruelty, but hearing individual cases like these still never fails to shock.
“The scale of the problem is still vast. But fortunately the recent changes in the law are bringing more of these criminals to justice, which is a great step forward for animal welfare charities like Dogs Trust and all those who believe that cruelty to living creatures is simply unacceptable.”
Mr de Kerckhove said the problem of cruelty was not confined to dogs. He had hoped that the previous year’s leap in convictions for cruelty to horses was an anomaly but this year’s figures show the worryingly high number of cases has been maintained – increasing by 33% between 2005 and 2006 and by a further 13% to 119 in 2007.
Lee Hackett, head of welfare at the British Horse Society, said he hoped the large number of cases was a result of more well targeted prosecutions, rather than an increase in cruelty.
Julie Fadden, acting chief inspector of the RSPCA in Swansea, said the new Animal Welfare Act that came into force last year now made it possible to take action sooner against acts of deliberate cruelty than ever before.
She said: “I don’t necessarily think that more people are getting more cruel but we are getting better at detection and the public are more aware that they can inform us about suspected cruelty which can lead to successful prosecutions.”
A Welsh Assembly Government spokesman said: “We are very concerned about any animal cruelty and poor welfare. However, we understand these figures are not strictly comparable to last year because of the way that the RSPCA has been recording them and we will be discussing these issues with the RSPCA.
“Nevertheless, it is clear that the Animal Welfare Act is having a very positive effect in being able to deal with such cases.”
Case #1: Tails docked with scissors
A dog-owner was fined for cutting off eight puppy tails with a pair of scissors.
Emma Jayne Whatmough from Treharris, near Merthyr Tydfil, admitted docking the tails and told RSPCA Inspector Nigel Duguid that the dogs had yelped when she did it.
In a hearing at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court on June 25, 2007, she pleaded guilty to tail docking eight rottweiler puppies contrary to section 6 (1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
This was the first RSPCA prosecution for this offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in Wales.
She was ordered to pay £850 in fines and court costs.
The court heard that Inspector Duguid visited Emma Whatmough on May 3, 2007, and noticed a bitch with eight puppies whose tails had been docked. .
In her defence, Emma Whatmough said she regretted committing the offence but had not been aware that she was breaking the law at the time of the incident.
Sentencing her, Merthyr Magistrates said that her action in docking the tails was deliberate, had caused suffering and that ignorance of the law was no defence.
RSPCA Inspector Nigel Duguid said: “This sentence sends a clear signal to the public that tail docking will no longer be tolerated by the courts. These puppies must have experienced great cruelty when their tails were removed and we are delighted this practice is now expressly forbidden in the Animal Welfare Act.”
Case #2: Hawk attacked with stick
A pensioner found himself in court after attacking a hawk with a stick.
Dereck Bennett, aged 70, from Nantymoel, near Bridgend, had been working on his allotment where he kept chickens when a Harris hawk being flown in adjacent fields by its owner landed near by.
Mr Bennett claimed that this disturbed one of the chickens and he attacked the hawk at least twice using a piece of wood.
The bird, named Lady and worth around £400, had to later be put down by a veterinary surgeon.
Bennett pleaded guilty to cruelly ill-treating the Harris hawk.
He was given a one-year conditional discharge by Bridgend magistrates in April 2007 and ordered to pay £250 in costs and £50 compensation to the bird’s owner.
RSPCA Inspector Nic De Celis said after the case: “I can full understand Mr Bennett wanting to protect his chickens, but it’s not even a case that he crossed a fine line.
“He totally over-reacted.”
Case #3: Collar surgically removed
A couple was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a puppy whose collar was so tight it tore into the animal’s flesh and had to be surgically removed.
Wayne O’Brien and Karen O’Brien, from Glanmuir Road, Tremorfa, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to their six-month-old rottweiler at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on July 24, 2007. Its 27cm collar had to be surgically removed by a vet and was 11cm shorter than the circumference of the dog’s neck.
Sentencing in September, the court banned both from keeping animals for three years, as well as imposing a 12-month community order on Mr O’Brien and an 18-month community order on Mrs O’Brien.
The court heard that Mrs O’Brien had numerous health problems at the time of this incident and that Mr O’Brien had been in custody for another matter.
Within a matter of days after the removal of the flea collar, The dog later died from the Parvo virus, a condition unrelated to the wound.
RSPCA Inspector Christine McNeil said: “This poor creature was in great distress by the time I was involved.
“The flea collar had torn its flesh, resulting in great discomfort and pain. This is the worst injury of its kind that I have ever seen and this suffering could have been avoided if the owners had exercised their proper responsibility.”