RSPCA Cymru is investigating a report of an “illegal” electric shock collar being used on a dog in Cwmbran.
The charity is reminding dog owners that they are “dangerous” and “illegal” in Wales. A member of the public reported seeing an electric collar used numerous times on a young dog outside the Grange University Hospital on June 21.
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Anyone with information about the alleged incident, or similar events, has been urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
Shock collars have been illegal to use on dogs and cats in Wales for more than a decade, under the Animal Welfare (Electronic Collars) (Wales) Regulations 2010 – in what was a legislative first in Great Britain.
Electric shock collars are used to train or control dogs and cats and are based on applying pain or fear to stop unwanted behaviour.
Scientific studies have shown that the use of electric collars can compromise welfare and may make behavioural problems even worse.
RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “We’re concerned to have received reports of a dangerous and illegal shock collar being used on a dog in the grounds of the Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran.
“We’d urge anyone with information about this alleged incident on 21 June; or any other such uses of these collars in the area, to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“Shock collars are dangerous, illegal and cruel. They’ve been outlawed in Wales for more than 11 years, but sadly it seems some dog owners are still not getting the message.”
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