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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Margaret Mary MacDermott was last seen at her home in Fenhan in Newcastle on the evening of Friday February 12.
The win rekindle's the Black Cats' survival hopes and pile the pressure on United manager Louis van Gaal.