The RSPCA investigated 1,500 animal cruelty complaints in Cumbria last year, according to new figures released by the charity.
The incidents included an attack on a young dog by his owner in West Cumbria. The man was handed a suspended prison sentence:
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Skye, an eight-year-old Clydesdale mare, was impaled with a two-foot stake while in a paddock in the Whicham Valley in south Cumbria.
She's now recovering from surgery at a vets in Penrith and Tim Backshall has been along to meet Skye and her owner Annie Rose.
Anyone with information about the attack should contact Cumbria Police on 101 or the RSPCA's cruelty hotline on 0300 1234999.
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Animal cruelty complaints investigated by the RSPCA in Cumbria have risen for the second year in a row.
But the figures for 2014 also show that the number of convictions has fallen.
The charity says this is due to an increase in the number of owners accepting advice to resolve welfare issues.
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There were 27 convictions for animal cruelty in Cumbria last year, down from 35 in 2012.
Poppet the horse was rescued at the Appleby Fair. Members of the public noticed her and contacted the RSPCA. She was dehydrated and close to death but has since made a good recovery. Her owner was fined more than £2,000.
Will Lamping, an RSPCA inspector, told ITV Border how some people don't respect animals.
Four collie dogs have had to be rescued from a car at the Appleby Horse Fair.
The dogs were found in the back of a pick up truck, where the temperature measured 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
The RSPCA and Cumbria Police attended the scene on Garths Head Road in Appleby where they took the back off the car so the collies could be released.
The four dogs were taken to a nearby police station to be given water.
RSPCA centres in Cumbria have reached crisis levels, due to the number of cats needing re-homed.
The same can't be said across the border, but the Scottish SPCA do still need homes for unwanted cats.
In one case, at the Dunragit Centre in Stranraer, a cat has been waiting a year to find a new home.
Fiona McIlwraith reports:
Animal charities in the regions are warning that the number of cats and kittens being abandoned is reaching crisis point and healthy animals may have to be destroyed unless more homes can be found.
The RSPCA says that all of its centres in Cumbria are full, and in some areas it is having to pay for animals to be housed in private catteries - with the situation near breaking point.
Ryan Dollard reports: