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Animal cruelty increasing, RSPCA announces

Tuesday, 24th April 2012

The RSPCA has announced that there was a 23.5 increase in the number of people convicted of animal cruelty or neglect in 2011.

There was also a 27 per cent increase in the number of prison sentences imposed by courts and a 9.3 per cent increase in the number of people reported to the prosecutions team.

Gavin Grant, RSPCA chief executive, said: "The RSPCA faces a crisis that is stretching us to breaking point. We show zero tolerance to animal abusers. Anyone causing animals pain for profit or pleasure will be tracked down and prosecuted.

"We need the courts and councils, police and people who care to join us in standing up and getting justice for Britain's abused animals."

These statistics have been announced ahead of the RSPCA Week, which will take place between April 30th and May 6th.

During 2011, the RSPCA received 1,314,795 calls. It also convicted 1,341 people for animal cruelty and neglect and 74 people were sentenced to serve time in prison.