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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Jon Mitchell with tonight's weather