Figures from the RSPCA show cases of cruelty to pets and livestock have increased in the North East by almost ten percent.
The charity's inspectors say the recession has lead to even more animals being abandoned and badly treated. Caution: You may find some of the images in this report upsetting.
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North Yorkshire Paralympic gold medalist Laurence Whiteley has received his MBE today at Buckingham Palace for services to rowing.