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Animal welfare
Cruelty investigations rise in 2016

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THE RSPCA investigated more than 400 allegations of animal cruelty every day in 2016 – a rise of nearly 5 per cent on the previous 12 months.

According to the charity's annual cruelty statistics, released last week, nearly 150,000 complaints were investigated in 2016, and calls to its 24-hour cruelty hotline rose by nearly 4 per cent.

Dermot Murphy, assistant director of the RSPCA Inspectorate, believes that the increasing number of calls received by the charity is because people are seeing more cases of animal cruelty through images and films being shared on social …

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