- The RSPCA say it is currently responding to over 25,000 calls a week from the public and has seen a 23.5% rise in cruelty convictions in the last five years.
- The first nine months of this year alone have seen 1,176 cruelty convictions involving work by the RSPCA, a 6% rise on the same period in 2011, which saw 1,108 convictions.
- As the number of animals in need grows, welfare expenditure by the RSPCA, which relies entirely on public donations, is already exceeding forecasts set for 2012.
- The charity said it predicted a further 6,000 dogs and cats will be abandoned between now and the end of the year at a cost of nearly £5m.
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