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.
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"She tried to take hold of the knife to stop him. He told her not to shout out and scream and get on her knees and beg."