49 cows seized from farm in Bwlchgwyn

Reporter:

Matt Sims

FORTY-Nine cows have been seized from a farm.

The animals were taken from Hafod-y-Bryn on Old Road, Bwlchgwyn, yesterday and moved to a place of safety by public protection officers.

As well as officials from the council’s public protection department, three RSPCA inspectors and a number of police officers were present to ensure there were no breaches of the peace.

When contacted farm owner Bill Jones said he would be talking to his solicitor about the action.

Wrexham Council’s chief housing and public protection officer Andy Lewis said: “Wrexham Council public protection department officers with the assistance of the Animal Health Agency, RSPCA and police today took into their possession 49 bovine animals of various ages from a farm in the Bwlchgwyn area.

“The animals were seized using powers under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 due to the conditions they were kept in and their bodily condition.

“They have been moved to a place of safety.”

A North Wales Police spokesman said the force had attended to “prevent any breach of the peace”,

An RSPCA spokesman said three of the organisation’s inspectors were involved.

“Some cattle have been removed from the site as part of a campaign led by public protection officers.”

Owner Mr Jones said: “I’m very upset and disappointed. I’m seeing a solicitor about it.”

He claimed to have had ongoing problems with council officers for a number of years relating to a leaking pipe and denied any of his animals were malnourished.

He added: “There was feed in the feeding package. We just spread it out.”

Mr Jones was convicted in March 2006 of animal cruelty. Police and Trading Standards inspectors found two cows close to the point of emaciation when they inspected the farm in April, 2005.

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