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Last Updated: Wednesday August 01 2007 06:21 GMT

Animal cruelty still on the rise


The number of pets and other animals being badly treated has risen over the past year, according to the RSPCA.

The animal charity said 122,454 reports of animal cruelty were investigated in 2006, up 10.5% from 2005.

But it's not all bad news. It said new pet protection laws introduced in April had already made it much easier for them to help any animals in danger.

Although there were more reports of horses and ponies being mistreated, cruelty to cats and dogs has fallen.

RSPCA spokesman Andy Foxcroft said: "People are more away of the basic needs of animals, and so when those basic needs aren't met they are reporting them - and that's a good thing."

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