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Shocking 154 Per Cent Rise in Horse Cruelty Figures

18 June 2014

UK - The RSPCA has released their annual rescue and cruelty figures which show they investigated almost 3,000 more complaints than in 2012.

The figures are detailed in the RSPCA Prosecutions Annual Report, released this week, which also contains a shocking catalogue of cruelty including the stories of Rocky the dog who was shot six times and left to die in a ditch; and Florence the shih-tzu whose paws fell off after she was neglected.

RSPCA, Prosecutions Annual Report, horses, dogs, cats, pets, animalsThere were 153,770 complaints of cruelty investigated by our inspectors in 2013 – an increase from 150,833 in 2012.

Whilst fewer people were convicted of animal cruelty or neglect in 2013 compared to 2012, an incredible 585 of the total convictions involved equines (horses, donkeys and ponies). This is up from 500 in 2012 and a shocking 154 per cent increase from 2011’s 230.

Highlighting the equine crisis

This shows that the equine crisis highlighted by the RSPCA two years ago has continued to escalate, with the numbers of horses rescued in 2013 increasing by almost half compared to 2012.

David Bowles, head of external affairs at the RSPCA, said: “Whilst we are heartened that the numbers of people convicted of cruelty have decreased, the fact that we are investigating more and more complaints shows that there is still a culture of cruelty out there.

“Nothing illustrates this like the massive increase in equine-related convictions. This is due mainly to irresponsible owners who have let their animals breed indiscriminately, together with an economic downturn which has seen feed prices go up and horses going for just a few pounds at market. As a result, horses have been left to suffer without food and vet treatment.”

Get involved in RSPCA Week

#RSPCAWeek runs from 14 to 22 June 2014 and is an annual fundraising and awareness drive.

To donate go to or text HELP to 78866 to donate £3.
(texts cost £3 plus standard network rate).

Alternatively you can donate by calling 0300 123 8181.

Further Reading

You can view the full report by clicking here.

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