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Animal cruelty cases on the rise

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.

Animal cruelty cases have risen by 400 in the south west in 2013. Credit: ITV News West Country

Full report: RSPCA say cases of animal cruelty is growing

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.

Karen Griggs reports:

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Couple banned from keeping animals for eight years

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

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Somerset couple who admitted 9 counts of animal cruelty due to be sentenced

Couple kept 56 large dogs in their 4 bedroom home in Minehead Credit: RSPCA

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.