The RSPCA says new figures on the amount of cruelty to animals in the south and south east is shocking. Inspectors say they're dealing with far too many "horrendous" cases. In Kent the number of defendants convicted rose from 62 in 2012 to 65 in 2013 - a 5% increase.
The figures are detailed in the charity's Prosecution Annual Report, out today. It shows that there were 215 defendants convicted in the south east in 2013, exactly the same as 2012.
Kent was sixth highest area in the country, while Essex was tenth.
Some of the shocking cases included Florence the shih-tzu from Brighton, who was so badly neglected her paws dropped off, and a shar pei named Ruby who was kicked, punched and dragged along a pavement in Kent before she died.
ITV Meridian spoke to Insp Caroline Doe from the RSPCA.