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Greenacres now responsible for stray dogs

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Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 11.08.10ON FRIDAY (Apr 1), Greenacres Animal Rescue became primarily responsible for the care of any stray dogs which are found in Pembrokeshire.

Working with Pembrokeshire County Council and Dog Wardens in the area, the rescue centre has now become the chief carer for dogs until they are reunited with their owners.

In circumstances where unfortunately the owner cannot be located or the dog is sadly no longer wanted, Greenacres will be responsible for the rehoming of the animal which will take place seven days after the animal has been found.

However, attempts are always made to return stray dogs to their owners by examining the collar, tag or microchip of the lost dog. Also, for over a year, dog wardens have been successfully using social media to reunite lost dogs with their owners by posting pictures and details about the pets on Facebook and Twitter.

The importance of microchipping has been highlighted by the procedure becoming compulsory for all dogs over eight weeks old on Wednesday (Apr 6). If a dog loses its collar, the microchip offers a foolproof way for any lost animal to be returned to its owner.

Tom Hayes, Principal Environmental Health Officer at Pembrokeshire County Council, told The Herald: “This is a new partnership which just started on April 1, as part of a provision to look after dogs in our county.

“The service will run from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, but there are currently no provisions for outof- hours services.

“Dog wardens will take any stray dogs to Greenacres Animal Rescue, where any misplaced owners will have seven days to claim their dog, before the dog is transferred to the rescue part of the kennels where it will be rehomed.

“In the past, this service has been managed well by Llanstiman Kennels in Trecwn, and I’m sure it will continue to be managed well by Greenacres Animal Rescue in the future.

“However, as part of a routine finance retender which is done every three years, Greenacres Animal Rescue made a bid for the new partnership and won.

“There was no past dissatisfaction with Llanstiman – this decision was purely down to the financial aspects of the situation.

“We had no qualms with either service. At the end of the day, one was simply cheaper than the other, leaving Greenacres to win the contract.”

This year, Pembrokeshire County Council were awarded the Silver medal by RSPCA Cymru’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint Scheme, which recognises the commitment and achievement of local authorities in delivering and improving animal welfare.

Paul Smith, Public Affairs Manager for RSPCA Cymru, said of the award: “It is fantastic that for the sixth year in a row, the Pembrokeshire team have been recognised for the fantastic work that they do in tackling stray dogs but maximising the animal welfare of the dogs they pick up.”

There were a host of positive comments posted on social media about the partnership.

Eluned Kronacher-Edwards said: “Well done, it makes more sense to have the pound closer to where most strays seem to be found, and also you can give proper rescue backup for rehoming.”

Lesley Evans said: “Huge undertaking, but great news for dogs in Pembrokeshire and any owners looking for one they lost – a one stop shop. Brilliant.”

Beverley Hinksman stated: “Lovely news. It will cut down the amount of stress that these poor souls go through.”

Greenacres Animal Rescue told The Herald: “We are so pleased to be now caring for the stray dogs for Pembrokeshire County Council. We are hoping that with the new microchipping law, it will be much easier to reunite lost dogs with their owners.”

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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