Shock figures show rise in animal cruelty complaints made to RSPCA
West Yorkshire is the second highest place in the country for incidents of cruelty to animals, according to the RSPCA.
The charity today published annual figures for 2014, which have revealed that cruelty complaints investigated in England and Wales have overall increased.
The RSPCA investigated 159,831 complaints in 2014 compared to 153,770 in 2013.
20,258 of complaints involved alleged deliberate and often violent cruelty being inflicted upon animals, which was up from 19,683 in 2013.
Complaints involving beatings, mutilation and poisonings also increased and accounted for 13% of the complaints investigated in both 2013 and 2014.
Over 20,000 complaints
The pets which were found to be most likely to fall victim to deliberate cruelty in 2014 were dogs (21,084), the majority of which (16,089) were reported as beaten, followed by cats (5,194) and rabbits and small animals (3,653).
Chief veterinary officer, James Yeates, said: “It’s extremely concerning that we’re 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’s shocking that in 2014 people are still being deliberately cruel in what can be disturbingly inventive ways.”
Cases of animal cruelty have also seen a rise in North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.