DOG OWNERS have been warned of the use of electric shock collars, after RSPCA Cymru received reports of a device being used on the grounds of Grange University Hospital Cwmbran.
The animal welfare charity was alerted after a member of the public reported seeing an electric collar repeatedly used on a young dog outside the hospital on June 21.
The RSPCA has called the collars ‘dangerous’ and their use has been illegal on dogs and cats in Wales for more than a decade under the Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) Regulations 2010 (Wales ) – in what was a legislative first in Britain.
RSPCA Inspector Simon Evans said: “We are concerned that we have received reports of a dangerous and illegal shock collar being used on a dog on the grounds of Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran .
“We urge anyone with information on this alleged incident of June 21, or any other use of this type of these collars in the region, to contact our inspection hotline on 0300 123 8018.
“Shock collars are dangerous, illegal and cruel. They have been banned in Wales for over 11 years, but unfortunately it seems some dog owners still don’t get the message.”
The RSPCA had previously partnered with a host of other organizations – including Blue Cross, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the Kennel Club – to stress the importance of the legislation and to urge the Welsh government to resist any attempts at it. weaken.
Scientific studies have shown that the use of electric collars can compromise well-being and can worsen behavior problems.
Anyone with information about the alleged incident or similar events has been advised to contact the RSPCA Inspection Hotline on 0300 123 8018.
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