Rise in Cheshire animal cruelty complaints | Knutsford Times

Rise in Cheshire animal cruelty complaints

By on May 1, 2018

The RSPCA’s annual Cruelty Statistics show that animal cruelty complaints in Cheshire increased to 2,787 in 2017.


The Cheshire complaints that the RSPCA investigated included two severely emaciated dogs found living in conditions described as ‘atrocious’ and a dog who needed reconstructive surgery after being found with severe injuries suggesting badger baiting.

The most calls received related to dogs (1,575), followed by cats (582) and then horses (279).

Brett Witchalls, the RSPCA’s chief inspector for the county, said: “Animal cruelty horrifies much of today’s society and this figure tells us that there are suffering animals in the county who need our help every day.

“We are very grateful to everyone who takes the time to raise concerns. A call from a member of the public not only helps to give a voice to animals in desperate need but it helps our officers investigate and help bring animal abusers to justice.

“It is shocking that people can be capable of such deliberate brutality towards animals, but equally it drives us on to ensure that perpetrators of animal cruelty are put before the courts.

“Either way, our officers are under increased pressure having to respond to more calls and investigate more complaints, but it is thanks to their dedication, as well as RSPCA staff and volunteers that we are able to transform the lives of thousands of animals in Cheshire each year.”


If you are concerned about an animal’s welfare, you can report this to the RSPCA’s cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 .

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Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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