Kent has received an increasing number of animal cruelty reports, greater than anywhere else in the South East.
Statistics released by the RSPCA this week show that the figures for Kent are worse than Greater London, as 148 people were reported last year with 49 of those being convicted. The number of people sent to prison for animal cruelty doubled last year, compared to 2010, and the South East has seen a 38% rise in convictions relating to dogs.
Reports this week have highlighted cases in Ramsgate, Thanet and the RSPCA’s figures come to mark RSPCA Week, which starts on Monday, and aims to increase awareness and donations. The charity says that they strive to keep animals with their owners wherever possible and offer advice on improving their welfare, and in most cases this is followed.