The number of animal cruelty complaints investigated by the RSPCA in Cumbria increased by 151 last year, compared to 2015.
New figures have revealed the number of complaints across the entire north of England rose by more than five per cent in 2016.
Cases in Cumbria included one in which a Lurcher dog came into RSPCA care in Whitehaven, in such an emaciated state that he was described by the inspector as the "skinniest dog (he’d) ever seen alive".
The person who said she had found him turned out to be his owner.
Skye, an eight-year-old Clydesdale mare, was impaled with a two-foot stake while in a paddock in the Whicham Valley in south Cumbria.
She's now recovering from surgery at a vets in Penrith and Tim Backshall has been along to meet Skye and her owner Annie Rose.
Anyone with information about the attack should contact Cumbria Police on 101 or the RSPCA's cruelty hotline on 0300 1234999.
A horse is continuing to recover at a vets in Penrith, after suffering horrific injuries following a brutal attack.
Eight-year-old Clydesdale mare Skye was impaled with a two-foot stake while in a paddock in the Whicham Valley in south Cumbria.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Animal cruelty complaints investigated by the RSPCA in Cumbria have risen for the second year in a row.
But the figures for 2014 also show that the number of convictions has fallen.
The charity says this is due to an increase in the number of owners accepting advice to resolve welfare issues.
Five teenagers from the Workington area of Cumbria have been charged with animal cruelty following a joint investigation between the RSPCA and Cumbria Police.
The incident, involving a cat being attacked by two Lurcher-type dogs, was reported to police in June.
Jamie Atkinson, 19, and Daniel Porter, 18, both from Workington, along with a 16-year-old boy and two 15-year-olds boys, have all been charged with animal cruelty.
All five teenagers have been bailed to appear at West Allerdale Magistrates court on 14th September.