"Sometimes pet owners don't know what's best"

Clara Abson, from the RSPCA, says some animal neglect can be put down to ignorance on the part of their owners.

"I think it is a lot to do with people just not knowing where they can go for help - for instance in looking after their animals, or advice if their animals do get sick" she says.

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Animal cruelty convictions rise

The RSPCA says its latest figures highlight 'a rising tide of animal cruelty in Wales.'