Animal cruelty cases on the increase

Convictions for animal neglect and cruelty in Derbyshire have soared by nearly 50 per cent, an RSPCA report has revealed.

Convictions for animal neglect and cruelty in Derbyshire have soared by nearly 50 per cent, an RSPCA report has revealed.

The shock figures, released during RSPCA Week, show the charity is fighting a growing animal cruelty crisis and volunteers and rescue centres are struggling to keep up.

Derbyshire’s deputy RSPCA chief inspector, Mick Darling, said more animals need our help than ever before.

He added: “I think people are more aware of what is acceptable and what isn’t and more people are phoning us to report things.”

Latest data shows 18 people were convicted in 2011 and 35 in 2012.

Insp Darling said the rise could be due to several factors such as the 
economic crisis which has left households unable to pay for veterinary fees and the upkeep of their pets.

He also blamed the ‘throwaway society’ and people buying animals on a whim then neglecting them.

He said: “I visited one owner who couldn’t even remember his dog’s name.”