Animal cruelty cases rise by 50%

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Bumper, the three-year Collie cross Animal cruelty convictions rose by more than 50% in Wales last year, the RSPCA has said. The increase reflected a "worrying" rise in the number of people prepared to treat pets with "brute force instead of compassion", said the charity
Animal cruelty cases rise by 50%
Bumper, the three-year Collie cross
Bumper needed the whole leg amputated, but recovered well
Animal cruelty convictions rose by more than 50% in Wales last year, the RSPCA has said.

The increase reflected a "worrying" rise in the number of people prepared to treat pets with "brute force instead of compassion", said the charity.

RSPCA Wales inspectors described 2005 as one of the worst years of deliberate cruelty to animals they had witnessed.

Cases included a dog whose leg was amputated at home and another who was stabbed repeatedly by her owner.

The charity's annual report shows the number of people they prosecuted for animal cruelty rose by 60% during 2005.

The cases included Griffith Prosser, 35, from Aberfan, who amputated the front leg of Bumper, a collie cross, with an electric knife after the dog was knocked down by a car.

Prosser was banned from owning a dog for 10 years.

Buffy
Buffy recovered after being attacked by her owner

Another case involved Buffy, a four-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross, who was stabbed extensively in her rear, head and legs by her 20-year-old owner.

The man later told police he had been taking recreational drugs and drinking heavily and could not remember attacking Buffy and another dog, 19-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier, Cassie.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of causing unnecessary suffering and was sentenced to six months in prison and disqualified from owning any animal for 10 years.

Neglect was still the most common cause behind the majority of animal welfare cases in Wales, said the RSPCA.

Matthew Harding and Buffy
Buffy is 'brilliant' with people, says new owner Matthew Harding

Inspectors were called to 352 incidents where animals had no access to water, 298 where animals did not have suitable veterinary treatment and 357 where animals did not have a clean living environment.

Martyn Hubbard, RSPCA Superintendent for Wales and West, said: "2005 will go down as one of the most violent towards animals.

"Sadly, despite our best efforts, there are those who continue to ignore our messages and treat animals with brute force instead of compassion.

"The cases highlighted today show why the RSPCA will continue to prosecute those who feel they are doing nothing wrong when harming an animal.

"On a more positive note, it is heartening to see how many of these cruelty victims enjoy new and happy lives once they are rehomed by our dedicated staff up and down the country.

"The pleasure these animals give their new owners shows that the vast majority of people appreciate the important part a pet plays in the family."

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Cruelty in the extreme

Images of cruelty and neglect 2005

Wednesday, 26 July: Thrown in a washing machine, kicked to death, chained up, throat cut, leg sawn off and hung from a balcony - just some of the terrible acts loving pets were subjected to in 2005.

RSPCA cruelty figures for 2005 released today show a worrying rise in animal cruelty and include a:

  • 20 per cent increase in convictions secured
  • 13 per cent increase in defendants convicted
  • 6 per cent increase in cases reported and investigated.

    New welfare figures have also shown another alarming rise in those animals not receiving basic care and include:

    • 25,784 animals not having access to water - up 104 per cent
    • 34,337 animals not getting suitable veterinary treatment - up 79 per cent
    • 33,308 animals not having a clean environment - up 68 per cent.
    Deliberate cruelty
    In a year of horrific headlines detailing some of the worst cases of deliberate cruelty and shocking neglect ever faced by RSPCA inspectors, the Society wants to make the public aware of the shocking sights increasingly encountered by frontline staff.

    "2005 will go down as one of the most violent years towards animals," said RSPCA director general, Jackie Ballard. "Sadly, despite our best efforts, there are those who continue to ignore our messages and treat animals with brute force instead of compassion.

    "The cases highlighted today show why the RSPCA will continue to prosecute those who feel they are doing nothing wrong when harming an animal."

    Shocking neglect
    Neglect is still the most common cause behind the majority of cruelty cases. It was the major factor in one of the largest ever RSPCA cases involving 271 animals kept in a small property in Silverdale, Lancashire.

    "On a more positive note, it is heartening to see how many of these cruelty victims enjoy new and happy lives once they are rehomed by our dedicated staff up and down the country. The pleasure these animals give their new owners shows that the vast majority of people appreciate the important part a pet plays in the family."

    Help us to help them
    During 2005 RSPCA inspectors and ACOs rescued 13,907 animals that may otherwise have perished. Help the RSPCA to continue this life-saving work - make a donation now!