RSPCA cruelty figures

The lates figures from the RSPCA show there has been a rise in the number of animal cruelty cases in our region over the last year.

Video: Region's "animal cruelty crisis"

The shocking scale of animal cruelty in our region is laid bare today with a new report showing convictions for cruelty and neglect have increased by almost a fifth in just one year.

The RSPCA says there's a growing "animal cruelty crisis." In fact across the country, the national picture is even worse, the number of people being successfully prosecuted has risen by a third. Jon Hill reports.

Video: Animal cruelty on the rise

In the last year there was a 15.7% increase in the number of defendants convicted last year in England and Wales.

Animals rescued or collected by the RSPCA increased from 119,126 to 130,695, a 9.7% rise (plus the rescue of 64,000 farmed chickens from one flooded barn).

The charity has released the following video to give an example of some of the cases they deal with. (Caution: This video contains potentially upsetting scenes)

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RSPCA on cruelty: "we want to judges to take these offences more seriously"

As figures show a rise in the number of animal cruelty cases over the last year there are calls from the RSPCA for judges to take a harsher stance against those who offend in this way.

The RSPCA is leading the fight against a growing animal cruelty crisis. Our staff, volunteers and branches show tremendous dedication but theyare struggling to keep up.

For us, prosecution is always the last resort. Our inspectors investigated 150,833 suspected cruelty cases and issued 78,090 advice notices last year - these are extremely effective in improving the care of animals.

However if there is evidence of a crime and serious animal abuse then we will take legal action to protect the animals and prevent further abuse. We also want to see judges taking these offences far more seriously.

– RSPCA Chief Executive Gavin Grant

Rise in the region's animal cruelty cases

The lates figures from the RSPCA show that overall there has been a rise in the number of animal cruelty cases in our region over the last year.

Here are some of the local figures released by the charity:

East Riding of Yorkshire

2012 - 68

2011 - 60

North Yorkshire

2012 - 62

2011 - 72

West Yorkshire

2012 - 126

2011 - 82

South Yorkshire

2012 - 37

2011 - 41

Lincolnshire

2012 - 31

2011 - 30