James Yeates. the RSPCA's Chief Veterinary Officer. said the economic crisis has caused "additional problems for animals". He said:
There remains a body, even in this country where people really love animals, who think it's acceptable to beat, to maim, to fight, to neglect, to just not give the love and attention, or enjoy being cruel to these animals.
More top news
Actor Robbie Coltrane was admitted to hospital last night while on a flight from London to Orlando.
Justin Bieber has posted a video online apologising for his "arrogant" and "conceited" behaviour in the past year.
More than a third of children in England are considered overweight, a new 20-year study suggests.