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1,500 animal cruelty complaints in Cumbria

The RSPCA investigated 1,500 animal cruelty complaints in Cumbria last year, according to new figures released by the charity.

The incidents included an attack on a young dog by his owner in West Cumbria. The man was handed a suspended prison sentence:


WATCH: Owner speaks out about 'horror attack' on her horse

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.


'People will be brought to account' for animal cruelty

There were 27 convictions for animal cruelty in Cumbria last year, down from 35 in 2012.

Poppet the horse was rescued at the Appleby Fair. Members of the public noticed her and contacted the RSPCA. She was dehydrated and close to death but has since made a good recovery. Her owner was fined more than £2,000.

Will Lamping, an RSPCA inspector, told ITV Border how some people don't respect animals.

Four dogs rescued from baking hot car at Appleby Horse Fair.

Four collie dogs have had to be rescued from a car at the Appleby Horse Fair.

The dogs were found in the back of a pick up truck, where the temperature measured 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The RSPCA and Cumbria Police attended the scene on Garths Head Road in Appleby where they took the back off the car so the collies could be released.

The four dogs were taken to a nearby police station to be given water.

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