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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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COVID-19 tests being encouraged for wider range of symptoms

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PEOPLE living in Pembrokeshire are being encouraged to have a free COVID-19 test if they have a wider range of symptoms.

Previously, only those with either a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell, were advised to seek a test. The health board is now also encouraging people to have a test if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

The change aims to find hidden COVID-19 cases in our communities and drive down the numbers of onward transmissions.

Identifying infections, which could otherwise go undetected, is particularly important as new variants of the virus emerge. The more tests carried out, the easier it will be to spot early clusters of cases and possible virus mutations. This will help with easing restrictions in the future.

The new testing regime will initially run for at least 28 days and will then be reviewed. Swansea Bay University Health Board is also expanding its offer of testing in this way.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies and Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Overall, we are seeing a positive picture across the three counties and there has been a steady fall in the number of COVID-19 cases.

“Also, the demand for tests has come down considerably since the end of 2020, so we have capacity to expand the offer of testing to those with a wider range of symptoms.

“We know the wider group of symptoms do occur in COVID-19 but are not reported as often as the ‘classic three’ symptoms. With the very low rates of flu circulating at the moment, it is more likely that wider flu-like symptoms are due to COVID-19.

“Our aim is to find as many COVID-19 cases as possible so we can prevent the virus being passed on to others. We want to do everything we can to help bring the pandemic to a close as fast as possible and help restrictions to be lifted.”

If you have any of the symptoms outlined above, please stay at home and get a test by booking online via the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

As these are national contacts, you may automatically be asked about the ‘classic three’ symptoms. However, to book your test simply choose either one of these options: “You have been asked to take a test by your local council” or “You are part of a government pilot project”.

Once you have had your test, you must continue to self-isolate until you receive your result, which will usually be within 24 hours of the test. If your result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started. You will also be contacted by the local Tracing Team.

If your result is negative, you can end your self-isolation, when you feel well enough to do so.

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Dale Morgan charged with murder of Judith Rhead, police confirm

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DYFED POWYS POLICE have charged a man in connection with the alleged murder of 68 year old Judith Rhead who was found dead in her home in Market Street, Pembroke Dock on Saturday (Feb 20).

Dale Morgan, 43, will appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today by video link.

Dale Morgan, in court today

A spokesman for the force said: “Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with the murder of Judith Rhead, aged 68, who was found in a property in Market Street, Pembroke Dock.

“He is due to appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 25 February).”

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Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect

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POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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