Animal cruelty case numbers rise

Cases of “horrific neglect” dominate the RSPCA’s annual cruelty review in Wales, with cases up from 94 in 2005 to 126 in 2006.

The review has also highlighted an increase in the mistreatment of horses.

The review said RSPCA inspectors dealt with a “shocking catalogue” of crimes, including a cat killed in a washing machine and a mummified dog.

But the RSPCA said the Animal Welfare Act in March had made an impact, and allowed inspectors to intervene sooner.

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Rise in ‘horrific’ animal neglect

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