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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
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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 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.
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