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Cases of animal cruelty highlighted

Cases of animal cruelty highlighted

Published at 11:52am 22nd April 2015.

Yorkshire counties remain among the worst places in the country for reports of animal cruelty.

The RSPCA investigated 159,831 complaints across the UK in 2014.

20,258 of these complaints involved alleged deliberate and often violent cruelty being inflicted upon animals. 

West Yorkshire had the second highest number of calls investigated, with North Yorkshire following closely behind in 5th place.

Cases included a man from Barnard Castle who was jailed after 350 dead and dying animals were found on a farm he rented (pictured).

RSPCA chief veterinary officer James Yeates said:  “It is extremely concerning that we are still receiving more than 20,000 complaints about animals being deliberately caused to suffer and that’s 20,000 too many.

“Most of the complaints we receive involve animals being neglected or not receiving the right care and often we can put that right by offering welfare advice. 

"However, it is shocking that in 2014 people are still being deliberately cruel in what can be disturbingly inventive ways.”