See some of the animals rescued by the RSPCA after being cruelly attacked. This article contains images of animals at the point of rescue.
RSPCA officers are appealing for help after a dog was found dumped in Ilkeston, Derbyshire
West Yorkshire had more people convicted of animal cruelty last year than anywhere else in the north with 216 reports and 82 convictions.
A paralysed dog rescued by the RSCPA in Lincolnshire needs your help to pay her vet's bills.
The RSPCA, who found the lurcher, who's thought to have been kicked and dumped by hare coursers, says the one-year-old dog needs vital treatment.
– Spokesman for RSPCA
"She has allegedly been given a huge 'boot' in her lumbar or spine area to disable her which is classic case when coursers are caught red handed by a member of the public with a view to 'finishing her off' later.
"As she was so exhausted it is likely following her day's work that she had become useless to those using her for coursing."
It is hoped the paralysis is temporary. The dog, which the charity said was "severely dehydrated", has been named Flo.
A paralysed dog that is thought to have been kicked and dumped by hare coursers has been rescued by the RSCPA in Lincolnshire.
The charity said the female black lurcher was found near rabbit and hare carcasses by a dog walker. Now, the organisation is appealing for help in paying for vets' bills for the 1-year-old dog.
Ahead of the launch of their new campaign to highlight the dangers animals and those trying to protect them face, the RSPCA have released some examples of the cases and violence faced by RSPCA inspectors over the past two years.
Cases of animals suffering brutal attacks included:
- A dog beaten with a pole, causing 30 fractures
- A swan shot with a crossbow
- A cat beaten against a tree
- A three-week-old lamb with its ears cut off
- A lurcher stamped on, run over and stabbed with a potato peeler
- A bird shot with a blowgun dart through his eye
- A mouse tortured with a power tool
Staff investigating violence on animals were threatened with:
- A claw hammer
- A knife
- A crossbow
- A shotgun
- A machete
- Death threats
- Read more: RSPCA's anti-cruelty heroes
– Chris Packham, TV presenter and wildlife expert
I take my hat off to RSPCA Inspectors, I wouldn't want to go into the situations they do and deal with people who have inflicted such barbaric cruelty on defenceless animals - that takes real courage and professionalism.
Sadly dealing with the most stomach-churning suffering is everyday work to these men and women. I dread to think what would happen if they weren't there to help.
These everyday heroes can only help thanks to donations from the public.
The RSPCA say that in 2012 alone inspectors were assaulted or threatened 246 times. The new ‘everyday heroes’ campaign hopes to highlight this growing problem and help both animals and those trying to protect them from suffering violence.
RSPCA figures from last year also showed that air rifle injuries on animals had increased by almost 40 per cent to almost 800 attacks reported to the charity in 2012.
The horrific attacks include several cats shot in the face and whose eyes had to be removed and others who did not survive after being shot.
Read more: Lamb has ears cut off in Notts
The RSPCA is launching a new campaign today to help highlight the dangers many animals face and the risks charity workers who try to protect them come across.
The charity rescue thousands of animals every year from abusive situations and say many of the animals rescued have suffered horrific injuries from the use of weapons such as metal bars, knifes, guns and crossbows.
They say these weapons are also increasingly being turned on charity staff, who are trying to protect the animals from injury or even death. The RSPCA say three out of four inspectors suffer some sort of abuse every year while doing their job.
In May this year the RSPCA launched an investigation after a three week old lamb had its ears cut off in Nottinghamshire.
Read more: Lamb has ears cut off in Notts
The RSPCA say they're facing a 'cat crisis'.
Over five hundred cats in the region need rehoming and some centres aren't able to take any more until they can find homes for their current residents.
An RSCPA inspector who rescued an emaciated dog found wandering the streets in Leeds, says she was "horrified" by the state the animal was in. "Grace" was found by Inspector Sally Bamforth earlier this month, looking so thin that her bones could be seen through her skin.
She weighed less than half what she should have. You may find some of the pictures in this clip distressing.
An emaciated dog, rescued after being found wandering the streets in what the RSPCA have described as a "shocking" condition, is recovering well in kennels. "Grace" as she's been named was found in the street in Leeds, weighing half of what she should.
She now has to wear a jacket for warmth, as she's been diagnosed with a severe skin condition that means she's almost completely bald. You may find some of the pictures in this clip distressing.