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Green Acres puppy makes recovery

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HAVING battled to save a very ill Doberman puppy, Green Acres Animal Rescue have announced that he has been discharged into a foster home.

On September 3, Green Acres Animal Rescue Manager Mikey Lawlor was told about an ill Doberman in desperate need of treatment.

The 10-week-old dog was severely dehydrated with obvious gastrointestinal problems, and so was hospitalised.

Mikey christened him Remus as he was put on a heat pad and drip, before the next day’s scans forced the vets to take urgent action.

Green Acres Animal Rescue said: “He had an abdominal scan which revealed he had some thickening of the intestine and our vets suspected Intussusception of the bowel. Emergency surgery was needed but our vets feared it may be too late and gave a very guarded prognosis.

“So surgery went ahead and our vets removed over a metre of his intestines. The surgery was successful and went as well as it could be expected.”

Since then Remus has made a remarkable recovery. By September 6, having taken his medication, Remus’ drip was removed. On September 7, the feeding tube was removed as Remus had developed a healthy appetite. His blood test was similar to that of a normal dog, and he was starting to maintain weight.

On September 7, Mikey said on Facebook: “Liz Price of DRUE (Doberman Rescue UK and Europe) has been an amazing support and Julie Grabham both have listened to me and offered words of support and with Liz forming a forward plan for him. Local doberman owner Lesley Lewis and proprietor of The George’s restaurant has also been drumming up support for this special lad!

“Huge thank you to everyone that’s donated we are currently at a total of £2,234 and his bill is £2,500! Special thanks to Al Rees, Liz Clarke and Angela Smithers of local group Dog Friendly Pembrokeshire for their generous donation of £676.25.

“I cannot thank everyone enough for their kindness, donations, messages of support! It really is what keeps us going in these situations and lastly the most important, Fenton Vets, the care Remus has received has been second to none.”

On September 8, Mikey went onto say: “Remus has been discharged today into foster care just a few minutes from the practice.

“I’ve chatted with his fosterer and he seems to be settling ok. Showing interest in the calm whippets he will live with!”

A later update said: “All is going well he’s bright and active but he has lost 100g, our vets are not overly concerned all things considered. He was so happy having lots of attention today at Fenton Vets, even took a small treat off the practice manager!

“Made a plan for his feeding and as long as no problems plan to recheck in a week. Next milestone will be some weight gain that will make everyone very happy. Six days clear of surgery and he’s still with us!”

Donations can be sent on the website: http://www.greenacresrescue.org.uk/donating
Sending via PayPal to team@greenacresrescue.org.uk
Or bank transfer to HSBC – Sort Code: 40 23 21 A/C 01580299

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Herald publisher ceases operations

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HERALD NEWS UK LTD, the company which prints The Pembrokeshire Herald, The Carmarthenshire Herald and The Llanelli Herald has ceased operations.

Editor of Pembrokeshire Herald, Thomas Sinclair said: “After finalising today’s paper to go to print yesterday, a meeting was held last night. It was confirmed that the expected further investor funding would not be made available for the company.

“This meant that operations need be halted as the businesses was not able to pay its ongoing costs.

“At 10am today the 24 members of staff working at the newspaper have today been given notice of redundancy.

“We are absolutely devastated that after nearly 7 years and hundreds of editions of the paper we can no longer continue.”

“I would like to think that over those years, some of the stories we have written have made a difference to Pembrokeshire and beyond.”

Director of Herald News UK Limited, John Hammond said: “The company accountant could be appointing administrators as soon as next week.”

“The Owners of The Pembrokeshire Herald came to the conclusion last night during a finance meeting that the venture is no longer financially viable.

“Whilst every conceivable effort has been made to improve the financial situation of the business, we have to face the fact that there is no way that we can now continue in a solvent position.

“Whilst there has been a slow decline in readership of local newspapers, our costs for wages, printing and transport have substantially increased.”

“We would like to thank all of our loyal readers and staff.”

Community: Herald titles were campaigning newspapers

Popular: 45,000 people read Herald titles each week in west Wales

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Crocodiles to appear at Folly Farm in early 2020

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A PAIR of crocodiles is set to join the Folly Farm family and be shown off in a new enclosure. The West African Dwarf crocodiles will take their place in the Tropical Trails exhibit next February.

The fascinating reptiles are classified as vulnerable due to being hunted for their meat and having their habitats destroyed. The crocs are labelled as ‘dwarf’ in name only, as both are over five foot long at 29 years old. Folly Farm is re-homing them from Drayton Manor Park, their home for several years, as it is currently renovating its crocodile enclosures.

The female of the duo was caught in the wild as part of the illegal pet trade and seized by customs whilst her male companion was captive-bred at Barcelona Zoo. The two crocs will join sloths, bats and snakes in the Tropical Trails enclosure.

Folly Farm’s zoo curator, Tim Morphew, said: “Tropical Trails seeks to highlight the issues of habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade, so these new additions will be a flagship species for the conservation messages we’re trying to deliver. We’re designing the enclosure to replicate the swampy, forest habitats in Africa with plenty of glass viewing windows so our visitors will get a good view of these powerful creatures.”

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Community Engagement Event in Narberth

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A PART of the roll out of information about the Household Waste and Recycling Changes, Pembrokeshire County Council will have information and advice for local residents.  It is a chance to find out about:

  • Reusable Nappy Scheme
  • Absorbent Hygiene Product collections (AHP’s)
  • Availability of assisted collections
  • Kerbside Sort – New method and new containers
  • Additional recyclable household items
  • Text alerts for collection days

There will also be plans on show of the current active travel routes in Narberth and residents will be able to discuss and comment on how they work for the town and how they could be improved whilst planning for the future.

An officer from Sustrans, the Sustainable Transport Charity, will also demonstrate what has been done so far with the multi user route from Narberth to Haverfordwest and what plans there are for the future.

Cllr. Vic Dennis said

“All 3 of these pieces of work are part of the local efforts to reduce carbon and improve our environment, along with helping us to access and enjoy our environment.  I am delighted that we have staff from County Hall here to advise and answer questions as well as listen to local people.

The roll out for the new recycling and waste collection is planned for 4th November so it will be very timely to have this information available before then.  Join us in the Sports Hall at Bloomfield Community Centre, Narberth between 1-4pm on Weds 23rd October 2019.

I hope that residents from the surrounding area will also take the opportunity to join us to find out more.”

This is a part of a wide information campaign so look out for further information in the press, on social media and on the website at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-changes

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