London has fourth highest number of animal cruelty cases in UK

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London has fourth highest number of animal cruelty cases in UK
18th June 2014

London is ranking as the fourth highest area in the country for the number of animal cruelty cases.

A bull terrier burnt with boiling water, mouse tortured with power tool and shar pei kicked to death - among the South East’s cruelest cases last year.

A report by the RSPCA shows there were 83 convictions for abusing animals across the capital last year.

Among the most shocking tales was the story of Bentley - a Staffordshire bull terrier found in Hounslow in June lat year with horrific burns.

Investigators suspect the wounds could have been cause by boiling liquid or acid. The dog had lost layers of flesh along his shoulders, back and chest and was found in a great deal of pain. 

He was taken to RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital where he received intravenous fluids, antibiotics and pain relief

His former owner, a 21-year-old woman from Hounslow admitted to causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide him with veterinary care for his wounds in April.  

She was disqualified from keeping all animals for 10 years, ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and fined £100

The figures, detailed in the charity’s Prosecutions Annual Report, also revealed that nationally the charity received more calls to its cruelty line in 2013 than ever and investigated almost 3,000 more complaints than in 2012.

The number of calls received increased from 1,163,428 in 2012 to 1,327,849 in 2013.  These included 153,770 complaints of cruelty which had to be investigated by our inspectors, an increase from 150,833 in 2012.

The figures showed 585 of the total convictions involved equines (horses, donkeys and ponies), up from 500 in 2012 and 154 per cent increase from 2011’s 230.  

They also show that dogs were still the most likely animal to be involved in cruelty cases, with 2,505 related convictions, although encouragingly this was slightly down on 2012 (2,568).

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