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Animal cruelty cases increase in Cumbria

Charlie the lurcher. Credit: RSPCA

The number of animal cruelty complaints investigated by the RSPCA in Cumbria increased by 151 last year, compared to 2015.

New figures have revealed the number of complaints across the entire north of England rose by more than five per cent in 2016.

Cases in Cumbria included one in which a Lurcher dog came into RSPCA care in Whitehaven, in such an emaciated state that he was described by the inspector as the "skinniest dog (he’d) ever seen alive".

The person who said she had found him turned out to be his owner.

It never fails to shock me when I look back on the extreme instances of animal cruelty the RSPCA has been called upon to investigate.

It continues to outrage and sadden me that people can be capable of such deliberate brutality towards animals, but equally it drives me on to ensure that perpetrators of animal cruelty are put before the courts.

I believe that the figures from last year show that we’re not becoming crueler, but that people are simply less willing to stand by and do nothing if they think an animal is suffering.

– Dermot Murphy, Assistant Director of the RSPCA Inspectorate

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WATCH: Owner speaks out about 'horror attack' on her horse

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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'People will be brought to account' for animal cruelty

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 dogs rescued from baking hot car at Appleby Horse Fair.

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.

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