Rising animal cruelty figures in Hull and East Riding paint a 'grim picture'
THE region has seen an increase in animal cruelty cases.
The RSPCA has revealed there were 60 convictions in East Yorkshire last year.
It received 1,654 complaints in Hull involving 3,488 animals.
In the East Riding, it received 481 complaints involving 2,561 animals.
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The RSPCA prosecuted 50 people in Hull and ten in the East Riding.
Although specific figures were not available for previous years, it is understood the number of cases has now increased for three consecutive years.
Chief inspector Justin Le Masurier, who is responsible for Hull, said: "The RSPCA is dealing with a huge demand for its services at the moment.
"Dogs are the species we deal with the most, followed by cats and equines. To be honest, it's a pretty grim picture.
"We hope the rise is partly down to increased awareness of animal welfare issues and the work of the RSPCA, so people are thinking to contact us more.
"I think it's fair to say the economic crisis is also playing a part.
"That said, ignorance and education tends to be the main reason for animals to be cruelly treated and neglected, more than how much money a person has.
"Bans on keeping animals and prison sentences imposed by the courts are also both up, which in some respects is good news for us.
"Usually, when we bring a case to court, we hope for a ban as that's the best way of preventing any further animals from suffering."
The number of people convicted for cruelty and neglect to animals rose by nearly a quarter in England and Wales.
Across England and Wales, the RSPCA's latest figures reveal a 23.5 per cent rise in the number of people convicted for cruelty and neglect and a 27 per cent rise in prison sentences imposed by courts
In the north of England 529 people were convicted for cruelty and neglect compared to 471 in 2010, while 22 prison sentences were imposed by courts compared to 19 in 2010 – a rise of more than 15 per cent. The figures are released days before RSPCA Week is launched on April 30, which provides a funding and awareness drive.
RSPCA Live takes place this weekend when a new Facebook app will be launched and celebrities including Alesha Dixon will be tweeting in support of the RSPCA.
To make a donation to the RSPCA, call 0300 1238000 or visit www.rspca.org.uk/donate