THE RSPCA has revealed figures showing how many calls it received from the public expressing concern for animal welfare during five year's of Bonfire Nights in Wales.

Across the country between 2013 and 2017 there were a total of 152 calls.

In Anglesey there were 3, Gwynedd, 2, Conwy, 8, Denbighshire, 9. and Flintshire 3.

The worst figures were seen in Cardiff with 33 calls.

The statistics have been released as the nation prepares for the annual Guy Fawkes celebrations, and the charity braces itself for more calls.

It is now calling for the use of fireworks limited to agreed traditional dates - such as Bonfire Night, New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali.

The charity also supports moves to reduce the maximum permitted noise level for fireworks for public sale to 97 decibels, with louder fireworks limited to licensed public displays.

The charity wants public fireworks displays to be licensed by local authorities, with information about displays made available to give animal owners more time to plan and prepare.

Lisa Hens, RSPCA companion animal welfare expert, said: “As people across Wales prepare to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, we're issuing an important reminder about the problems fireworks can cause for pets, farm animals and wildlife.

“Some 38% of dogs show signs of fear at loud noises, while other pets, farm animals and wildlife can all be impacted negatively by firework displays.

“In Wales, over the last five years - from 2013 to 2017 - we've received 152 calls flagging concern for animals amid fireworks; and we’re preparing ourselves for more in the coming days.

“Fireworks can lead to serious welfare concerns for many animals, but noise phobia is a treatable condition in pets. Giving owners time to prepare is a key step in mitigating these risks.

"Sadly, it is not only household pets that are affected by fireworks. Horses and farm animals can easily be frightened by loud noises and sudden flashes of bright light."