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50 dogs saved in Pembrokeshire rescue operation
The animals were safely retrieved from the site and transferred to council premises.
Investigation to secure dogs’ health and welfare underway

More than 50 dogs have been removed from a property in Pembrokeshire following concerns their welfare “had potentially been compromised”.

Staff from Pembrokeshire County Council, Dyfed Powys Police and Dogs Trust attended the operation at the premises near Pembroke Dock on Tuesday (29 Jan).

Dogs Trust said the animals were safely retrieved from the site and transferred to council premises in their specially equipped animal ambulance.

“The health and welfare of the dogs is our priority and we will do all we can to assist Pembrokeshire County Council,” it said. “As the investigation is ongoing we can’t go into any further detail at this time.”

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Public urged to provide homes for swifts

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 The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  

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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”