The RSPCA’s annual figures for 2014 show that cruelty complaints investigated by the charity in the south west and central England have gone up once again, but the Isle of Wight has bucked the trend seeing a fall in complaints received from a total of 429 in 2013 to 350 in 2014.
The charity investigated 28,800 complaints in the south west and central England areas last year compared to 28,573 in 2013. A shocking 3,594 of these complaints involved alleged deliberate and often violent cruelty being inflicted upon animals.
Last month local RSPCA officers helped rescue two horses from stables at Osborne House in East Cowes after concerns were raised by English Heritage about the animals’ condition.
James Yeates, the RSPCA chief veterinary officer, said:
“Our aim is always to prevent cruelty so it’s really positive that a greater number of people followed our advice. Crucially this means that although we are still receiving complaints about cruelty we are often getting to incidents before suffering has occurred and helping owners to provide for their animals, whether that means getting veterinary care for them or just giving them the right diet.
“Sadly, though, where cruelty is still happening there will be a need to prosecute in the most serious cases and it is upsetting that so many people are still mistreating animals by deliberately causing them harm or by not providing them with the care they deserve.”
The RSPCA is a charity that relies on public donations to investigate complaints received and to care for many thousands of sick, injured and badly treated animals every year. To help, text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network rate message).