The RSPCA publishes its latest "cruelty tables" today - and they make uncomfortable reading.
West Yorkshire had more people convicted of animal cruelty last year than anywhere else in the north of England - with 216 reports and 82 convictions.
It's not much better elsewhere in the region with 90 reports and 60 convicitons in East Yorkshire; 101 reports and 72 convictions in North Yorkshire; 78 reports and 41 convictions in South Yorkshire and 69 reports and 30 convictions in Lincolnshire.
The RSPCA says it is dealing with a "rising tide" of animal cruelty and that it's stretching the charity to breaking point.
The number of people convicted for cruelty and neglect to animals rose by nearly a quarter in England and Wales last year.
Cases being highlighted ahead of the charity's major fundraising push, RSPCA Week 2012, include a dog repeatedly stabbed with a potato peeler, a collapsed and emaciated dog dumped on Christmas Day morning and a dog which ate her dead mate to survive after being abandoned in a flat.
23.5 % rise in the number of people convicted for cruelty & neglect
22 % rise in the convictions relating to cruelty to dogs
21 % increase in disqualifications on keeping animals imposed by courts
27 % rise in prison sentences imposed by courts
9.3 % increase in the numbers of people reported to the RSPCA prosecutions department
13 % rise in the number of phone calls received by the RSPCA at the charity's control room in South Yorkshire (1,314,795 in 2011)
In the North of England:
· 529 people were convicted for cruelty and neglect compared to 471 in 2010 - a rise of 12.3%
· 728 convictions relating to cruelty to dogs compared to 800 in 2010 - a decrease of 9%
· 458 disqualifications for keeping animals imposed by courts compared to 415 in 2010 - a 10.3% rise
· 22 prison sentences imposed by courts compared to 19 in 2010 - a 15.7% rise
· 1,069 people reported to the RSPCA prosecutions department compared to 1,127 in 2010 - a decrease of 5.2%
RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said: