RSPCA statistics highlight dog cruelty issue in Northumberland

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They may be man’s best friend - but sadly there were 215 reports made to the RSPCA about cruelty towards dogs in Northumberland last year, new figures released by the animal charity show.

The heartbreaking figures include reports made about intentional harm, neglect and abandonments.

The type of incidents which come under intentional harm are attempted killing, poisoning, beating, improper killing, mutilation and suspicious circumstances.

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Shockingly, there were 50 reports of intentional harm to dogs in Northumberland.

The RSPCA received 215 reports of cruelty to dogs in Northumberland in 2022.The RSPCA received 215 reports of cruelty to dogs in Northumberland in 2022.
The RSPCA received 215 reports of cruelty to dogs in Northumberland in 2022.

Nationally, the number of reports made to the RSPCA about dogs - including intentional harm, neglect and abandonments - in 2022 was 42,690, a 7% increase from 2021 (39,797).

The charity has released the figures as part of its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, in a bid to raise funds to help its frontline rescue teams continue to save animals from cruelty and abuse.

Lindsey Avery, RSPCA chief inspector for Northumberland, said: “For hundreds of years dogs have been known as man’s best friend - and if you share your home with one, you will know why, as they are such loyal and loving companions.

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“But these awful statistics tell a different story. Dogs are the most abused animal in this country and we investigate more complaints about them than any other type of animal.

“Everyone who cares about animals will be sickened to know how many reports we receive about dogs being kicked, beaten, burned or worse.

"We need the public’s help to Cancel Out Cruelty. Their donations, no matter how small, help keep our frontline officers out on the road rescuing animals and investigating these terrible reports.”

To support the RSPCA, visit: www.rspca.org.uk/cruelty