Animal cruelty rife in East Yorkshire

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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East Yorkshire is one of the worst areas in the country for animal cruelty, saddening figures show.

Data released by the reveals 49 people were convicted of animal cruelty charges in Hull and the East Riding in 2014.

Only six other regions from a total of 48 had a higher number of convictions during the 12-month period.

The charity, which specialises in preventing animal cruelty, investigated 2,170 complaints in the region last year. This was up from 1,928 complaints in 2013, although convictions were down from 90.

Counties in the North of England continue to have the highest numbers of complaints investigated and convictions.

Cases of deliberate cruelty to animals, including beatings and improper killing, jumped nationwide in 2014 to more than 20,000 – and RSPCA chief veterinary officer James Yeates says that is 20,000 too many.

He claims people are becoming “disturbingly inventive” when it comes to mistreating animals.

The vast majority of complaints made to the charity involve animals being neglected or not receiving the right care, something which can often be put right by offering welfare advice and support to the owners.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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