Original article from Kent Live
There has been more investigations into dog cruelty in Kent than anywhere else in England.
The RSPCA investigated 233 cases of deliberate cruelty towards dogs in Kent last year – compared to the second highest in Hampshire with 206.
As part of its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, the RSPCA has released new figures to show – despite being called ‘man’s best friend’ – dogs are the most likely pet to be abused by their owners.
According to new figures, dogs are four times more likely to be the victims of intentional harm compared to cats.
Between 2016 and 2020, 63,881 incidents of intentional harm involving dogs were reported to the RSPCA’s cruelty line.
This breaks down to about 34 pups harmed each day across the country – or roughly one an hour.
In the South East, meanwhile, an estimated three dogs per day were victims of intentional harm.
One of the cases investigated in Kent involved a 10-week-old American bully puppy who was found with cropped ears and a broken neck.
The poor puppy had been wrapped in a pink Bag for Life taped with Sellotape and left on the bins.
The RSPCA also highlighted that calls to their line tend to rise by around 400 each month during the summer.
Between June and August of last year, the charity received 2,053 reports nationally – out of 7,691 total for the year.
The RSPCA investigated 1,244 incidents of deliberate cruelty towards dogs in 2020:
Bedfordshire – 77
Berkshire – 75
Buckinghamshire – 58
Essex – 199
Hertfordshire – 98
Kent – 233
East Sussex – 133
West Sussex – 83
Surrey – 77
Hampshire – 206
Isle of Wight – 16
Oxfordshire – 72
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A spokesperson said: “The campaign aims to raise funds to keep its rescue teams on the frontline saving animals in desperate need of help as well as raise awareness about how we can all work together to stamp out cruelty for good.
“The RSPCA’s rescue teams need support to stay out on the frontline as the only charity rescuing animals and investigating cruelty: £6 could help pay to feed a dog for a day in our care; £10 could help pay towards bandages for a cat or dog; £15 could help pay for a cat or dog’s clinical exam.”
To donate to the Cancel Out Cruelty campaign and help us continue to rescue animals in need, visit www.rspca.org.uk/stopcruelty.