SHOCKING STATISTICS: Over 17,000 animal cruelty cases reported in just ONE year
Shocking numbers have been released showing that over 17,000 animal cruety cases were reported in just one year alone. Within that number, 38 prosecutions are currently being pursued by the Department of Agriculture.
Last year, over 1,100 reports of animal cruelty cases were recieved by the Department of Agriculture, which runs a dedicated helpline. A total of 643 were followed up, while 466 calls were referred to independent welfare organisations, like the ISPCA.
However, when cases brought forward to other bodies are included in the statistics, the total number rises to more than 17,000 in the last year.
The figures were provided by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed in response to a parliamentary question by TD Maureen O’Sullivan.
Mr Creed has also revealed that 38 prosecutions are currently being pursued by the Department.
Chief of the ISPCA Dr Andrew Kelly added: “Although we would like to see stronger penalties to act as a deterrent, we would like to get the message across that all animal owners and anyone who looks after animals have a legal obligation to provide them with their welfare needs.”
The 16,312 calls to the ISPCA last year resulted in 3,200 inspections and the seizure of 995 animals.
Story via The Irish Mirror.