CASES of animal cruelty and neglect are on the rise, the RSPCA has reported.
The charity reported 216 people in West Yorkshire last year and 82 of them were convicted.
Across northern England, 529 people were convicted - a year-on-year rise of 12.3 per cent. Nationally, convictions were up by 23.5 per cent.
Chief executive Gavin Grant said: “The RSPCA faces a crisis that is stretching us to breaking point.
“We show zero tolerance to animal abusers. Anyone causing animals pain will be tracked down and prosecuted.”