The number of reported animal cruelty cases in the South West has risen by 400.
The RSPCA report says dogs are the main victims including a Jack Russell from Newquay found with most of its fur missing. New homes were found for more than 55,000 animals in 2013.
A trainee solicitor who locked her dog in a kitchen and left it to die has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison and disqualified for keeping animals for life.
A trainee solicitor from Bristol will be sentenced today for leaving her dog to starve to death.
Katy Gammon shut her dog Roxy in her kitchen without food or water, and then moved out of the house. Roxy's body was found ten weeks later by RSPCA inspectors.
A 27 year old woman is facing prison after admitting leaving her dog to die.
Katy Gammon pleaded guilty to failing to care for her Boxer, Roxy, at Bristol Magistrates Court.
Ms Gammon from Lawrence Weston admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and failing to prevent the causing of unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The court heard she left her dog, at her house for 10 weeks before the body was found by police.
Prosecutors told the court when the RSPCA found the dog it was "so decomposed it had to be scraped off the floor".
She's due to be sentenced on April 9 and could face six months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000.