Shocking rise in animal cruelty cases is revealed

Buca the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Buca the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

THIS shocking picture highlights the true scale of animal cruelty in Doncaster – as new figures reveal offences are spiralling.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup Jack, was allowed to develop a horrifying skin condition so severe he lost all the hair of his tan coat. The shivering puppy later died.

Jack the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy.

Jack the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy.

The little terrier’s mum Buca was so poorly with the same disease she too lost all her hair.

Luckily she survived and is now being cared for by a Doncaster couple who took her in after visiting the RSPCA’s rescue centre in Great North Road, Bawtry.

The dogs represent just two maltreated animals in a soaring set of statistics which has seen concerned calls to the RSPCA rise by 13 per cent in the last year.

The charity’s national control room, based in Rotherham, received more than 1.3 million calls in the last 12 months.

In South Yorkshire alone 78 people were reported to the RSPCA’s criminal department in 2011, and 41 court cases ended in successful prosecutions.

Nationally, the cruelty conviction rate rose by nearly a quarter to more than 1,300 people, just under 530 of whom were from the north of England, compared to 471 in 2010.

The figures - released ahead of National RSPCA Week which runs from Monday - prove cruelty to animals remains a growing problem.

Mike Hogg, the charity’s regional manager, said: “We are the main organisation which prosecutes those who abuse animals, and which can prevent cruelty to animals.

“We can’t do this without the help and support of the public - and we need it now more than ever.

“The RSPCA is the charity people turn to - and we are struggling to continue providing this service.”

Buca and Jack were mistreated by a woman in Barnsley, who allowed their severe skin condition to spread.

The woman admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs by failing to take them to a vet, and was sentenced to a six-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work.

She was also banned from keeping animals for six years, and ordered to pay £250 costs.

Buca has now been rehomed with loving owners Duncan and Carol Hardy, from Armthorpe.

Renamed Lotty she is overcoming her ordeal and is settling into a happy, new life.

Duncan said: “Lotty is fit and well and, after a lot of tender loving care, her fur has come back.

“She’s a really bouncy dog who loves other dogs and people and has really taken us into her heart.”

For more information about RSPCA Week log on to www.rspcaweek.org. To donate money visit www.rspca.org.uk/donate or call 0300 123 8000.