Concern as cruelty rises

CRUELTY: Benson had not had his coat attended to for six to seven months. It was matted to such an extent that his entire coat had to be shaved off.
CRUELTY: Benson had not had his coat attended to for six to seven months. It was matted to such an extent that his entire coat had to be shaved off.

HARROWING cases of animal cruelty are rising, new figures have revealed.

Incidents of neglect include the case of dogs Benson and Diesel who were forced to live in disgusting conditions in Chesterfield.

Benson was rehomed from RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Shelter

Benson was rehomed from RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Shelter

Diesel was later put to sleep and Benson’s coat was so matted it had to be shaved off.

But 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 and the number of people convicted for cruelty and neglect rise by 23.5 per cent.

The charity received more than 1.3 million calls and in Derbyshire, 58 people were reported to the prosecutions department, with 18 people convicted.

Mike Hogg, the charity’s regional manager, said the Society is struggling to cope with the sheer number of reports it has to deal with.

“We are the main organisation which prosecutes those who abuse animals, and which can prevent cruelty to animals,” he added.

Terrier-cross Benson and Dogue de Bordeaux Diesel were maltreated by a couple in Chesterfield.

The dogs were moved outside after the couple had a new kitchen fitted and were kept in a yard for over 18 months. In interview the woman admitted they had not been provided with any bedding for around three months and the yard had not been cleaned out for approximately six weeks.

The two defendants pleaded guilty to six charges of cruelty and each received a 12 month community order, 180 hours unpaid work and were banned from keeping animals other than fish for 15 years. They were ordered to pay £612.45 costs.

Happily Benson was rehomed from RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Shelter and now lives in Matlock.