The RSPCA says it's getting more reports of animal cruelty and neglect than ever, but is doing its best to tackle what it's calling 'an ever growing crisis'. Last year the charity secured more convictions for animal cruelty in Somerset than anywhere else in the south of England.
A couple who kept more than 70 pets in their semi detached home in Minehead have been banned from keeping animals for eight years. The RSPCA found 56 dogs and a variety of other animals. Four had to be put down. Most are now being rehomed.
Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland was in court and reports on how James and Nicola Hood pleaded guilty to nine charges of cruelty and neglect and were fined 500 pounds
A couple from Somerset who admitted 9 counts of animal cruelty are due to be sentenced today. 31 year old Nicola Hood and her husband James who's 40, kept 69 pets, including 56 large dogs in their 4 bedroom home in Minehead. They're due to appear at Taunton Dean Magistrates.