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Abandoned dog needed urgent veterinary care




Poor condition: The dog when it was found

A ROTTWEILER left tied to a fence in Llanelli could have been there for a few days, a council dog warden said.

The council’s dog warden service was called in to action following reports of a male Rottweiler being left tied to a fence near Andrew Street.

It is thought the he may have been there for a few days, and was in need of urgent veterinary care.

He is recovering well, and now the wardens want people to help them and RSPCA colleagues find the owner and take appropriate action.

Dog warden Brendan Davies said: “We don’t know how long he had been there, but it may have been a few days. He was severely underweight and had lost hair on his back due to flea infestation.

“He has responded well to treatment and TLC, his fleas have gone and his coat is starting to re-grow already.

“This could have been avoided with such little cost – the PDSA was only a short walk away from where he was left tied up without food, water and shelter. His owner could have taken him there for treatment and advice for free.”

The dog is now being cared for in a rescue shelter, and will be re-homed when he is well enough.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the council’s dog warden service on 01267 234567 or email

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    Jackie Lewis

    March 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Bloody disgusting! Poor dog doesn’t deserve being dumped! Why have a dog?

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      March 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      exactly Jackie the dog wont know why its been dumped cruel gets

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    March 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Hope the dog makes a speedy recovery and finds a for ever loving new hom

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    Alison Oliver

    March 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I hope they find the heartless coward who did this to that beautiful dog! I don’t understand why people do this, if they can’t afford to keep the dog there are plenty of sanctuaries and rehoming centres everywhere. Yet they still abandon their pets in the cruelist way. It’s not the animals fault that these people are selfish and stupid. If they can’t afford a pet, don’t get one. It’s not rocket science. I hope when they do find these people, they throw the book at them. It makes me sick

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    Emma Fenwick

    March 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I have no words strong enough to describe such a dreadful heartless bully… to leave any animal with no voice to suffer is beyond cruel….. PDSA will not help you unless you can prove your benefits though hence why my vet and credi card are such good friends.

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    Stephen Grant-Davies

    April 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I thought dogs were supposed to be chipped these days? hence they could find their owners?

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Llanelli lockdown looms




PUBLIC HEALTH WALES have confirmed that Wales’ first town-only lockdown could happen after experts express concern at a spike in the level of positive Coronavirus cases in and around Llanelli.
Dr. Quentin Sandifer, Public Health Wales’ Medical Director confirmed that a ‘high level of concern’ exists at a virtual meeting of the Senedd’s Health, Social Care and Sports Committee this morning (Wednesday, Sept 23).
Dr. Sandifer was questioned by Assembly Member David Rees who asked: “How small an area could you go down to if you wanted local restrictions?”
The Public Health Wales representative replied by stating: “Looking at the position in Carmarthenshire, we do see quite a variation within that county area, with the highest figures of concern in the Llanelli area.
“That is where we are paying particular attention within Carmarthenshire. So we are able to go down to a sub-county, local level in terms of our considerations, and that is what we are actively doing.”
Dr. Sandifer went on to say that local lockdowns imposed early elsewhere, like Caerphilly, are “beginning to demonstrate some effect on infection rates.”
With the threat of a local lockdown hanging over Llanelli, a mobile testing unit has been set up at Parc-Y-Scarlets today and if you require a test, you can e-mail or call 0300 333 2222.

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Gemma runs 50 miles for air medics who attended her Dad




A GRATEFUL Ammanford mum has raised £350 by running 50 miles for the Wales Air Ambulance after the Charity’s medics tried to save her dad’s life last year.

The air medics were first on the scene after Gemma Pritchard’s dad Gerry, suffered a major heart attack in February 2019. He sadly passed away in intensive care two days later.

Speaking of the care her dad received, the mum-of-one said: “The service they provided was out of this world. Every member of the crew kept us updated every chance they could. They worked tirelessly to save my dad and despite all efforts from the crew he sadly passed away a few days later. I will forever owe them my life for all the efforts that evening.

“Losing our dad was so hard after already losing my mother in 2011. We had to go through all the heartache of losing another parent.” 

Gemma, 30, who works in Jenkins Bakery and as a cleaner, completed the 50-mile challenge in 13 days. Running wasn’t something that came naturally to Gemma before the fundraiser. She was supported by her husband Owain and daughter Lillie-May, 5, to complete the challenge.

Owain did the last run with Gemma, which was 10 miles. She added: “I couldn’t run 10 seconds before the challenge he pushed me massively to achieve my goal.

“My first run I managed 3 miles then I upped it to 5 miles, then 6 and then I went straight in for the 10 miles. My poor feet still feel it now. I knew this would be a massive challenge to myself.”

This is Gemma’s first fundraiser and she is already thinking of different ways she can raise funds for the charity in future.

She said: “I’m overwhelmed at the funds I did raise, although I would’ve loved to raise a lot. I’m still very happy with what I have raised for my first of many fundraisers for such an amazing crew.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated.  I’m so proud of completing my challenge.”

Mark Stevens, Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support Gemma has shown our charity. It is incredible to hear that despite Gemma’s loss she still wanted to show her support to our medics. It’s inspirational to hear that she picked a 50-mile fundraiser even though she couldn’t previously run before the challenge.

“Thank you to Gemma and everyone who has supported her. We’re delighted to hear that Gemma hopes to raise more funds in the future for our Charity.”

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The latest increase in coronavirus in Wales is ‘sobering’ says First Minister




THE FIRST MINISTER, Mark Drakeford has criticised the lack of communication with the UK government as he gave a briefing on what he described as the “sobering” increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalisation in Wales.

The infection rate in Wales has risen to 23.6 infections for every 100k people as cases have spiked in areas including Merthyr, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly and Newport.

Hospitalisations remain low but are rising, with five people currently in intensive care with Covid-19 and and 53 Covid patients on all hospital wards, according to the latest data from Public Health Wales from Sunday, September 13.

Mr Drakeford said that the number of people in hospital with coronavirus had risen to 41 with four people in intensive care.

He also said that the R number in Wales was almost certainly now above one – meaning the virus is spreading exponentially again. The latest estimate, he said, was between 0.7 and 1.2.

Mr Drakeford said: “In this most difficult week, there has been no meeting offered to First Ministers of any sort. Since the 28 May, there has been just one brief telephone call from the Prime Minister.

“This is simply unacceptable to anyone who believes that we ought to be facing the coronavirus crisis together.

“We need a regular, reliable, rhythm of engagement: a reliable meeting even once a week would be a start. I make this argument not because we should all do the same things, but because being round the same table allows each of us to make the best decisions for the nations we represent.

“There is a vacancy at the heart of the United Kingdom, and it needs urgently to be filled, so we can talk to each other, share information, pool ideas and demonstrate a determination that the whole of the country can face these challenges together at this most difficult time.”

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