Test purchase volunteers sought

Cruelty Watch are looking for volunteers to assist them in their test purchasing operations in South and West Wales. As the volunteer you would assist Cruelty Watch in conducting checks on puppy traders and dealers as you attempt to buy puppies.

You will be fully trained in what to say and do. You will not be identified in any publicity. All petrol and refreshment expenses will be reimbursed.

Anyone who volunteers will be shown how to operate covert surveillance equipment. They can either work alone or with a friend.

If you are interested in a career in animal welfare or law enforcement, then this would help in giving you some experience.

If you think you may be interested in volunteering, please complete the form below.

Cruelty Watch Files Complaint Against Suspected Unlicensed Puppy Farm In Llanelli

An animal welfare organisation, Cruelty Watch, has filed a complaint against a suspected unlicensed puppy farm in Llanelli, Wales.

Cruelty Watch has urged Carmenthenshire County Council to investigate the unlicensed puppy farm, located off Erwlas in Llanelli, as a matter of urgency after their investigation officers visited the premises on two separate occasions.

On both occasions, Cruelty Watch alleges that the investigators found evidence of an unlicensed premises and neglect of the dogs. In the complaint to the authorities, animal welfare investigators state that “the kennel area looked heavily soiled with feces and appeared unkept” and “the bowls were empty with no food or water available”. Investigators also alleged that lurcher-type dog was tethered to an outside kennel. Investigators say that “this dog was extremely scared of us and appeared hand-shy, giving an indication that this dog may have been physically assaulted in the past.”

A spokesperson for Cruelty Watch said: “This is a disturbing case of neglect and there is no excuse for it. Not to mention, we believe that the property is operating as an unlicensed pet shop or puppy farm. It is an organised criminal enterprise.”

“In our complaint to Carmarthenshire County Council, we have said that we would be willing to find rescue placements for all the animals on the premises should the authority deem it necessary to seize them.”

Cruelty Watch has said that its investigators will continue to visit similar properties in the Llanelli area and identify any potential offences that can be reported to the local authority for investigation and potential prosecution.

Cruelty Watch and Dean Farm Trust Rescue 19 Chickens from A40 Lorry Crash

Cruelty Watch and Dean Farm Trust rescued 19 chickens from the A40 lorry crash near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Scores of chickens were killed and injured when a lorry crashed into a river in Carmarthenshire in the early hours of the 25th April 2017. Early reports suggested up to 12,000 chickens were on board.

After hearing about the shocking aftermath, Cruelty Watch assisted by staff from Dean Farm Trust deployed an emergency rescue team to the scene to search the area for any remaining live animals that needed rescuing or veterinary attention.

“Cruelty Watch deployed an emergency rescue team to search the area surrounding the crash for any remaining live animals”, said a spokesperson for Cruelty Watch.

“After hours of extensive searching, we found 19 chickens at the scene. We worked with our sanctuary partners Dean Farm Trust to secure a rescue space. Dean Farm will continue to provide daily care and veterinary attention to allow them to live healthy lives.”

The Trust is appealing for donations to support their work in caring for the chickens.