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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Generally dry to start the day but turning increasingly cloudy this afternoon with the heaviest outbreaks in the north.
Rain and drizzle will clear eastern counties this evening. Remaining mild with breaks in the cloud by dawn.
A leading vet charity warns that you could end up with a stressed, lonely or even aggressive pet if you don't care for it properly.