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WALES: Abandoned and abused; Strangled, neglected, dumped... the dogs paying the price as cruelty cases soar.



Byline: By KELLY FENNA

THESE plucky pluck·y  
adj. pluck·i·er, pluck·i·est
Having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances. See Synonyms at brave.



pluck
 pooches are among scores desperately in need of new homes after being abandoned by their owners.

But they are the lucky ones - rocketing numbers of animals are being strangled, bludgeoned and neglected, shocking figures released last night show.

The latest RSPCA RSPCA (in Britain) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

RSPCA n abbr (Brit) (= Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) → SPA f

 report reveals 49 animal cruelty cases have been brought across North Wales in a 12 month period - 44 in the north-east of Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff.  and five in Gwynedd.

The worrying trend is growing year-onyear, RSPCA officers warn.

In North Wales, cruelty cases are most common across Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, and parts of Conwy and Powys.

In Gwynedd a decline has been recorded, although the county was recently dubbed a "hotspot" by the RSPB RSPB n abbr (Brit) (= Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) → LPO f

RSPB (Brit) n abbr (= Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) →
 for having the highest number of crimes against wild birds in Wales.

Overall, convictions in Wales have leaped by more than a third.

Wales-wide there has been a 34% increase in convictions for crimes against dogs and a 15% increase for cats.

Romaine de Kerckhove, acting superintendent for RSPCA Wales 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."

Among the offences last year was the case of a cat tied up by sadistic sa·dism  
n.
1. The deriving of sexual gratification or the tendency to derive sexual gratification from inflicting pain or emotional abuse on others.

2. The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty.
 yobs in Holyhead to be savaged by dogs.

In Colwyn Bay, vengeful Diane Hannon, 42, of Berth-y-Glyd, Old Colwyn, was spared jail after killing her boyfriend's cat by putting him in the washing machine.

Officials have also recorded a 13% surge in the number of neglected horses.

Last month, "horse hoarder" Margaret O'Leary, 72, of Llangollen, was sentenced after admitting causing unnecessary suffering. One of her animals was found dead and others emaciated e·ma·ci·ate  
tr. & intr.v. e·ma·ci·at·ed, e·ma·ci·at·ing, e·ma·ci·ates
To make or become extremely thin, especially as a result of starvation.
 and "massively infested in·fest  
tr.v. in·fest·ed, in·fest·ing, in·fests
1. To inhabit or overrun in numbers or quantities large enough to be harmful, threatening, or obnoxious:
" with parasites.

But rescue workers say there have also been success stories where animals have been taken in and sent to loving homes.

Changes to the Animal Welfare Act mean officers can move in sooner and remove neglected pets from their owners.

More people have also been slapped with banning orders.

Some of the horrors from elsewhere across Wales include 18 Great Dane Great Dane, breed of very large, powerful working dog developed in Europe more than 400 years ago. It may stand as high as 36 in. (91.4 cm) at the shoulder and weigh up to 150 lb (68.1 kg).  puppies bred in squalor in Powys.

In Cardiff a Rottweiler was found with a deep neckwound afterwearing a collar that was too tight.

And in Bridgend, a Harris Hawk was bludgeoned to death because it strayed into a nearby allotment.

Awoman in Treharris used scissors scissors

Cutting instrument or tool consisting of a pair of opposed metal blades that meet and cut when the handles at their ends are brought together. Modern scissors are of two types: the more usual pivoted blades have a rivet or screw connection between the cutting ends
 to dock the tails of eight puppies.

In Knighton the smallest Great Dane ever recorded survived after being found on the brink of death.

CRUEL FACTS

RSPCA national figures for

Wales and England 2007...

34% increase in convictions for cruelty to dogs (1,197)

15% increase in convictions for cruelty to cats (277)

12% increase in RSPCA cruelty investigations (137,245)

26% increase in banning orders issued by courts (861)

GIVE A DOG A HOME If you can give any animal at Bryn y Maen a home, call 03 00 123 0745 now

kelly.fenna@dailypost.co.uk

CAPTION(S):

Border collie Garn and Dave the Staffordshire bull terrier Staffordshire bull terrier

a small (24-38 lb), very muscular and solidly built dog with broad head, moderately short muzzle, half-pricked ears and medium length tail. The coat is smooth and short and comes in many colors. See also american staffordshire terrier.
 with Sharon Wood and John Bunson at Bryn y Maen - both dogs need new homes after being abandoned by their owners Picture: ROBERT PARRY JONES
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jul 30, 2008
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