Wales' animal cruelty hotspots

New figures from the RSPCA show animal cruelty convictions have more than doubled in some parts of Wales over the past year.

Increase in cases a 'major concern' for RSPCA

The report shows the number of reported cases of cruelty and animal neglect increased from 146 in 2011 to 174 in 2012, the number of people reported for offences rose from 220 to 288 and the number of cautions went up from 51 to 61. The total convictions increased from 239 to 248.

Some areas in Wales have seen a disturbing increase in cruelty cases and this is a major cause of concern for us.

The RSPCA is leading the fight against a growing animal cruelty crisis. Our staff, volunteers and branches show tremendous dedication but they are struggling to keep up.

For us, prosecution is always the last resort. However last year inspectors investigated 174 suspected cruelty cases and secured 248 convictions

Where there is evidence of a crime and serious animal abuse then we will take legal action to protect the animals and prevent further abuse. We also want to see courts taking these offences far more seriously.

– Steve Carter, RSPCA Cymru national director

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Animal cruelty cases on the rise

The RSPCA says the number of animal cruelty convictions in Wales has risen dramatically Credit: RSPCA

The number of people convicted of animal neglect and cruelty doubled in parts of Wales last year, according to new figures from the RSPCA.

The total number of convictions across Wales rose from 239 to 248 between 2011 and 2012, but the report also found that in Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil convictions more than doubled from 23 to 76.

In north east wales, including Alyn and Deeside, Colwyn, Delyn, Glyndwr, Rhuddlan and Wrexham Maelor, convictions increased from 19 in 2011 to 59 in 2012. South east Wales, including Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly, Newport and Blaenau Gwent, saw convictions rise from 19 to 51.