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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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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.