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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:

Man who threw dog into sea can keep his pet

A man who had his dog seized after hurling it into the sea in Devon will be reunited with the pet after a court heard he was "an animal lover".

Paul Sanders was said to have shouted: "This is how you get your dog to swim" as he lobbed his terrified 10-year-old collie Shep from the pier at Babbacombe Bay, Torquay.

Shocked onlookers - including horrified children - screamed as unemployed Sanders, who was only wearing swimming trucks at the time, grabbed his dog and pushed it off a stone wall, plunging 15ft into the sea.