We are supposedly a nation of animal lovers - but the latest cruelty figures from the RSPCA are in sharp contrast to that ideal. The charity says more animals than ever before are having to be rescued, and more people are being prosecuted. David Johns reports.
VIDEO: We've been to visit Hero, the Rottweiler that was abandoned and tied up in freezing conditions. Charlotte Wilkins met Hero, Will Jenkins, pub landlord's son and Tony Pritchard, RSPCA Inspector.
The latest figures from the RSPCA show a large rise in the number of people convicted for animal cruelty in the South East.