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Snoopy charity sculptures made for dogs charity vandalised after just two days

11 Apr 2022 3 minutes Read
Kintsugi by Joe Davies is still standing while A Dog’s Dream by Megan Hill is one of those which has been damaged

A pack of Snoopy sculptures have been smashed by vandals, just two days after they were unveiled as part of a charity exhibition to help rehome dogs.

Organisers of A Dog’s Trail – billed as “a spectacular showcase of creativity pawing its way across Cardiff and South Wales” – said that four sculptures had been damaged.

The decorated beagle-like sculptures shaped like Snoopy, the favourite pooch from the Peanuts comic strip, had been placed at landmarks across Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl on Friday, as part of a free art trail to raise awareness and funds for the Dogs Trust.

A Dog’s Trail announced the “sad news” that four sculptures have had to be removed due to vandalism, and this was “devastating, not only for us but for the artists who put so much hard work into their designs”.

The victims of the vandals were “Peek a Boop” which was broken off its pedestal at Victoria Park, Cardiff, “A Dog’s Dream” at Cardiff City Hall, “Welsh Wildflowers” which had been settled at the rear of Caerphilly Castle and “Tally” in Llandaff Fields.

There are 40 large Snoopy sculptures as well as 75 Mini Snoopy sculptures across the entire trail.

The large sculptures were decorated by a range of artists, while the minis were designed and decorated by local schoolchildren and community groups.

‘Repair’

The organisers tweeted: “A Dog’s Trail was designed to bring the people of south Wales together, to be a tourist in your own towns and cities and be proud of the creativity within the region.”

The statement added: “We’re hopeful we can repair the sculptures and have them rejoin the pack, but we are urging the public to look after our Snoopy sculptures, take pride in the artwork and not climb or hang on them, to keep them looking their best.”

The aim of the trail is to turn the south of Wales into an outdoor art gallery, get people to explore the region and to raise funds for Dogs Trust’s rehoming centres in Bridgend and Cardiff and help the 14,000 dogs normally cared for by the charity every year.

The Snoopy sculptures and the Minis are part of the trail for eight weeks through to June 5, before the full-sized Snoopy sculptures are available to purchase by the highest bidder at a charity auction.

The organisers added that they are in contact with the police about the damage and are also looking to see what its options are to stop it happening again.


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hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Much as we might like to blame external sources, like a London government, the harsh truth is that we have our own quota of scumbags who need to be sorted before we can justifiably regard Wales as a welcoming and honest country.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
1 month ago

When you’re dealing with people that do this sort of brain dead activity, you can almost make an argument in favour of eugenics,

Llinos
Llinos
1 month ago

It’s a real shame, but there’s always that small prolific group of ratbags that like to prevent us from having nice things. Like the lady from Coytrahen who fly tipped a bag full of rubbish in our street yesterday that was pulled part by seagulls, revealing loads of correspondence with her home address on. If by some chance she reads this, you’ve been reported for fly-tipping cariad.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Llinos

Bridgend borough seems to be “blessed” with possibly more than its fair share of that sort of person. Yet when speaking to councillors and employees of the local authority all I get is a moan about lack of budgets. Too attached to sitting in offices or working from home when they could be out and about seeing their patch for what it really is.

Wynford Jones
Wynford Jones
1 month ago

Four different locations over a period of a few days. It doesn’t look like the usual mindless vandalism to me.

George
George
1 month ago

File it under the same header as damage to the FAW statues for Euros 2020(2021) and forest fires – such a necessary but sad waste of time and effort to deal with actions of people acting incredibly stupid and destructive in the moment.

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