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45 dogs rescued in Ceredigion after conditions spiralled ‘out of control’



THE RSPCA has rescued 45 dogs from inappropriate conditions in Ceredigion.

Officers from the animal welfare charity were alerted to the dogs being kept at dilapidated farm premises in the West Wales area. The RSPCA attended the site on four occasions in January to help the dogs.

The sheer quantity of dogs meant the owner was struggling to meet their basic needs – with a lack of shelter, poor diet and a lack of parasite control all of immediate concern to RSPCA inspectors Gemma Cooper and Julie Fadden.

Fortunately, the owner accepted a situation the RSPCA describes as being “completely out of control” – and all 45 dogs were signed into the care of the RSPCA.

Conditions had spiraled ‘out of control’

Dogs coming into the care of the RSPCA – including – Huntaways, German Shepherds and Collies – have gone to a number of centres, namely at Newport, Bryn-Y-Maen in Upper Colwyn Bay, Gonsal Farm, Newbrook, West Hatch and Llys Nini. Some have also gone into the care of the Dogs Trust.

The dogs were aged between 11 weeks and ten years of age – and some were puppies born as a consequence of breeding between the dogs. This has prompted the RSPCA to remind people both of the importance of neutering pets to avoid unwanted litters; and of current laws in Wales with regards to licencing of those involved in dog breeding activity.

Some – like puppy Maggie – have already found loving new homes; but many face a period of rehabilitation in the RSPCA’s care ahead of a forthcoming search for a new forever home. Anyone who may be able to offer a home to these dogs has been urged to keep an eye on the RSPCA’s Find a Pet website to see when they become available.

Despite the lockdown restrictions, the RSPCA is able to continue to rehome animals, utilising a Covid-secure process that includes virtual adoption processes and animal deliveries.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said: “These poor dogs were kept in inappropriate conditions at a dilapidated farm building in Ceredigion.

Puppy Maggie

“Thankfully, the owner worked with us and we were able to get these dogs out of this setting and into a number of different animal centres. We’re so proud we were able to rescue these dogs.

“Some pups have already found new homes – but many of the dogs face a period of rehabilitation and care to get them ready for rehoming.

“We’d urge anyone interested in these beautiful dogs to keep a close eye on the RSPCA’s Find a Pet website.

“People keeping three breeding bitches on a premises – and breeding from those dogs three or more litters of puppies in a 12-month period – require a licence from the local authority – even if they aren’t advertising those dogs for sale.

“It’s so important to get dogs neutered to avoid unwanted litters – and, sadly, this incident was a reminder as to how quickly things can get out of hand. The situation had just got completely out of control.

“Fortunately, we were able to work with the owner to get these dogs into animal centres as they start their rehoming journeys.”

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Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched



INAPPROPRIATE speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions resulting in fatalities.

Starting on the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign will kick off across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.

In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.

Speeding is a major contributing factor to collisions on the roads of Wales. This includes both ‘excessive speed’, where the speed limit is exceeded, as well as driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time; for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw less traffic but higher speeds.  Now our restrictions are lifting, traffic volumes are up and as we are holidaying in the UK more, we are seeing more people speeding on the roads in Wales.  We want to change this, but can only do that with your help.

 Over the next few weeks you will see an increased presence on the road network of Wales as we aim to keep all road users safe and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

 We know that the majority of road users comply with the speed limit; but the minority of those who do not increases the risk to the safety of all road users and need to be educated on the risks to their own safety as well as to the safety of those around them. Throughout this campaign, GoSafe and our partners in the Police and Local Authorities will encourage and educate more people to reduce their speed to save lives.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “GoSafe enforce at sites across Wales in order to encourage motorists to comply with the speed limits and in turn make our roads and communities safer for everyone. If we all play our part and stand up for slowing down we can make a difference, and we can save lives on the roads of Wales.”

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said: “I am very pleased to support this campaign. Driving at high speeds costs lives and a greater police presence on our roads will mean motorists will be more likely to drive within the speed limits, protecting lives and avoiding a speeding fine.”

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Cardigan man accused of murder in court



John Williams Bell was found murdered in Cardigan

A CARDIGAN man who is accused of stabbing a man to death has appeared in court today (Jul 28).

Ashley Keegan, 22, of Golwyg y Castell, Cardigan, appeared before court via video link where he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Swansea crown court heard how Keegan is accused of stabbing 37-year-old John Williams Bell seven times in the back.

Mr Bell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday Morning, July 21, on the road to Cardigan Bridge.

The court set a provisional trial date for January 3, 2022.

Keegan will remain remanded into custody until the trial.

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Suspected drink driver tracked for two miles by police dog



A SUSPECTED drink driver was arrested after a police dog tracked him for two miles along a cycle path.

Dyfed-Powys Police dog Storm and his handler PC Mike Barnsley located the driver following a collision between Bont and Tregaron on Sunday, July 25.

Officers had attended the scene of the collision, discovering that a car had hit a tree and overturned – however, the driver was not present.

PC Barnsley said: “There were concerns that the driver could have been injured due to the significant damage to the car, so a search was immediately launched to find them.

“With PD Storm, I focussed on the cycle path running alongside the road, where Storm picked up a track and followed it for around two miles.

“Local response units accessed the cycle path ahead of us, while another unit searched from the main road along an unclassified road in the same direction.”

PC Barnsley and Storm reported a sighting of a man on the cycle path, and he was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Sergeant David Hawksworth said: “This was an excellent demonstration of teamwork and coordination by officers, whose good local knowledge resulted in the suspect being swiftly found and arrested.”

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