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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