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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Kerrie brings you Saturday night's forecast
Airline fees for services such as name changes and airport check-in could be targeted under a new Government clampdown.
Improving from the north on Saturday. A better day overall on Sunday after overnight frost & fog clears