Animal abuse on the rise, says RSPCA

PUBLISHED: 11:24 03 April 2017

Animal cruelty cases are on the rise.

Animal cruelty cases are on the rise.

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Animal cruelty cases rose by five per cent in the South West last year, according to the RSPCA – totalling more than 27,000 separate incidents.

The animal welfare charity has highlighted a number of serious cases it investigated last year, ranging from animals being starved to death, kept in squalid conditions, or left without medical attention.

One dog was left to suffer for more than a year with a tumour so severe that RSPCA inspectors described it as ‘like something out of a horror’ film.

Somerset alone saw 2,822 complaints investigated, in a rise of five per cent which reflects the regional picture.

Dermot Murphy, assistant director of the RSPCA Inspectorate, said: “I believe the figures from last year show that we’re not becoming crueler, but that people are simply less willing to stand by and do nothing if they think an animal is suffering.

“What I do take pride in is knowing that because of the RSPCA’s intervention we have prevented many more animals from suffering at the hands of those who we have successfully investigated and brought before the courts.”


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