New figures show the RSPCA sees a spike in cruelty over the summer months and with pet ownership on the rise and financial pressures, the charity is preparing for a summer of suffering in Devon.
The RSPCA receives around 90,000 calls to its cruelty line each month and investigates 6,000 reports of deliberate animal cruelty, including animal fighting and hunting. But in the summer, calls rise to 134,000 a month – three every minute, and reports of cruelty rise to 7,600 every month – a heartbreaking 245 every day.
The charity launched the Cancel Out Cruelty campaign to raise funds to help its frontline rescue teams save animals from cruelty and abuse and to raise awareness of how to stop animal cruelty for good.
A tear-jerking video released today follows the story of RSPCA inspector Lauren Bailey, who rescued Buddy, a mastiff cross who suffered second-degree burns from boiling hot water and was left in pain for 10 days.
Overall, reports to the charity’s cruelty line of intentional harm to animals – including beatings, mutilations such as ear cropping, poisoning and even killing – increased by 7.9% from summer 2020 to summer 2021, with more than 2,300 reports. only in June and July.
In Devon, 260 reports of intentional harm to animals were made to the RSPCA last year.
Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspector of the RSPCA, said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and nobody wants to think about animal cruelty, but the reality is unfortunately that animals are the victims of deliberate cruelty every day and fortunately for the RSPCA. he is there to help them.
“There are many factors that could explain why we see an increase in cruelty during the summer months. Longer sunny days can mean people are out more and more likely to see and report abuse. Hot summer days can also lead to more people drinking alcohol in the sun, which in turn can be a factor in violence. Perhaps there is boredom or pressure at home when the children are out of school, which can exacerbate existing problems.
“And this year, we’re also concerned that the recent increase in pet ownership coupled with the cost of living crisis could lead to people really struggling to care for their pets, which could lead to them rebelling or seeing more of animals than ever abandoned or abandoned. he gave up.”
The RSPCA received 1,081,018 calls to its cruelty line in 2021 and these included reports of:
- 1,094 kills or almost three animals killed per day
- 632 mutilated or 12 brutally mutilated animals every week
- 7,857 beatings, which equates to one animal beaten every hour
- 38,087 abandonments, which equates to more than 100 animals callously abandoned every day
Dermot added: “These figures are shocking and deeply worrying and show why we need your help to save the animals who need us most now, more than ever. As a charity we are preparing for a summer of suffering, but we can’t do it without your help.’