In its ‘RSPCA policies on animal welfare’ it states under its Objects of the RSPCA that ‘The charitable objects of the RSPCA are to promote kindness and to prevent or suppress cruelty to animals

The RSPCA’s vision is, ‘To work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom

Under its Mission Statement, the RSPCA declares ‘The RSPCA as a charity will, by all lawful means, prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering.’

And under their General Principles, the RSPCA states ‘The general principles on which the RSPCA operates, derived from extensive scientific evidence, is based on the fact that vertebrates and some invertebrates are sentient, and can feel pain and distress.’

What happened to all those honorable and admirable objects, visions, statements and principles when RSPCA inspectors arrived at an address in South Wales and proceeded to slaughter ten German Shepherd dogs with a captive bolt?

Thursday, 15 October 2009


Don't forget now, in 2008 the RSPCA killed 60,203 animals in total of which 8313 were dogs and 12,329 were cats. Thats 22 dogs, 33 cats and a staggering 171 animals that die each day by their hands.
A RHONDDA woman was jailed for 18 weeks for what a magistrate described as “the worst animal cruelty case in his 25 years”.
Bridget Louise Davidson, 36, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Franklin – a white and black bull terrier.
The seven-year-old dog was found dead by the RSPCA in the kitchen of her rubbish-strewn house on Railway Terrace, Cwmparc.
Davidson had locked Franklin in without food and water.
Prosecuting solicitor Geraint Richards told Rhondda Magistrates’ Court that Davidson “could not look after herself, let alone Franklin”.
The prosecutor said RSPCA officer Nicola Johnson found the bull terrier after looking through a window of the empty house on May 13.
“When she looked through the window she could see the body of a white dog but couldn’t tell whether he was dead or alive,” said Mr Richards.
“So the police were called and they forced entry. The dog was then taken to the veterinary surgeon for expert examination.
“The vet notes that he had very little in the way of fat reserves or muscle and estimates the dog had been dead for between 24 hours and five days.

“It’s difficult to say how long the dog would have suffered. In interview Davidson accepted that no-one else was responsible for the dog and she couldn’t look after him.”
Mr Richards, of Martyn Prowel Solicitors Cardiff, prosecuted on behalf of the charity on a pro bono basis.
Richard Williams, defending, said Davidson was herself neglected as a child and placed in care from the age of 11.
“She appreciates that she has no business looking after animals anymore,” he said. “She’s in no state to be looking after a budgie, cat or dog.
“The only saving grace is she wasn’t looking after a child as the outcome could have been tragic.”
Summing-up, presiding magistrate Dewi Hughes said: “I have to say that in over 25 years sitting on the bench this is the worst case of animal cruelty I have seen.
“The case is so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate.
“It was the ill-treatment of the dog which resulted its horrific death.
“We have taken into account your early guilty plea.
“The custodial sentence will be 18 weeks; we also disqualify you from keeping or owning animals indefinitely.”
Speaking outside the court in Llwynypia, RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “This poor animal died a wretched and painful death. So did the 10 GSD's your inspector mercilessly slaughtered with a captive bolt gun!! Grossly underweight, this dog suffered appalling neglect at the hands of his owner.
“The magistrate summed it up when he said it was the worst case he’d seen in 25 years.
“In 10 years I have seen maybe half a dozen people end up in prison – so it’s right up there with the worst.
“She had a number of options open to her if she couldn’t look after him. All she had to do was pick up the phone.” And the good old RSPCA would have gone round and shot it through the head for her!!
In addition to the 18-week custodial sentence, the defendant was also disqualified from keeping or owning any animal until further notice

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