After new figures revealed that 159 reports of animal abuse in Hertfordshire were given to the RSPCA last year, the animal charity is warning people to be vigilant as it expects a spike in cases of animal cruelty in the summer months.
The data has also shown a national 7.9 per cent increase in calls to its dedicated helpline from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021.
Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA, said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and no one wants to think of an animal being cruelly treated but sadly the reality is that every day animals are victims of deliberate cruelty and thankfully the RSPCA is there to help them.
“There are many factors which could explain why we see a rise in cruelty during the summer months. The longer sunny days could mean people are out and about more and 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 causing violence. Perhaps there is boredom or pressures at home with children being off school which can make existing difficulties magnified.
“And this year, we are also concerned that the recent rise in pet ownership coupled with the cost of living crisis could see people really struggling to care for their pets which may lead them to lash out or could see more animals than ever being abandoned or given up.”
Overall, the charity received 1,081,018 calls to its cruelty line last year.
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