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110 reports of animal neglect in Torfaen: RSPCA Cymru reveals alleged cruelty reports across Wales

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A rabbit in a caring home Photo: RSPCA Cymru

Figures released by RSPCA Cymru have shown reports of intentional harm has risen by 9% – with incidents peaking during the summer months.

As a result, the animal charity is bracing for one of its busiest summers this year as it expects another summer of suffering, with more people reporting cruelty to animals from July to September.

During 2022 in Torfaen there were:

  • Six reports of abandoned animals
  • Six reports of illegal activity
  • 24 reports of intentional harm
  • 39 reports of animals left unattended
  • 110 reports of neglect
  • One report of a trapped animal

The charity has launched its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, to raise funds to help its frontline rescue teams continue to save animals from cruelty and abuse and to raise awareness about how to stop cruelty to animals for good.

The figures, exclusively released by the RSPCA, shows:

  • Calls relating to international harm in Wales over the past three years have increased from 691 (2021) to 753 last year (2022) – a 9% increase.

  • The total number of complaints of alleged cruelty (all animals) in 2022 across Wales was 5,632.

  • In July, August and September calls about international harm were at its highest with 73 in July, 83 in August and 82 in September.

  • The three highest counties for intentional harm calls were Swansea (62), Cardiff (61) and Rhondda Cynon Taf (59). The most calls in a North Wales county was Flintshire with 54.

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA inspectorate commissioner, said: “Right now, animal cruelty is happening in England and Wales on a massive scale and rising. It is heartbreaking that we are seeing such sad figures which show animal cruelty is, very sadly, on the rise.

“While we don’t know for certain why there has been an increase in reports of cruelty, the cost of living crisis and the post-pandemic world we live in has created an animal welfare crisis with more people getting pets with potentially less time and money to care for them.

“Each year, these reports of cruelty reach its terrible annual peak in the summer months – when we receive a report of an animal being beaten on average every hour of every day.

“The cost-of-living crisis also means the cost of rescuing animals is at an all-time high and our vital services are stretched to the limit.”

Dermot added: “Together, we believe we can and will cancel out cruelty to animals by replacing violence with kindness. We are urging people to donate to our Cancel Out Cruelty campaign,every donation will help animals.”

Last month the RSPCA revealed a hedgehog was found alive but covered in blood with its intestines trailing out, in a bedroom drawer. Despite being rushed to a vet immediately, the hedgehog was sadly put to sleep to prevent further suffering.

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110 reports of animal neglect in Torfaen: RSPCA Cymru reveals alleged cruelty reports across Wales