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
– Steve Carter, RSPCA Cymru national director
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.