Animals in Coventry and
Warwickshire are the victims of more cruelty than ever before
according to horrifying details released by the RSPCA.
Figures released today show
that the society received a record amount of calls reporting cases of
neglect and violence to animals in the region.
New research is now being
commissioned into why people are cruel to animals following the surge
in offences by adults and children.
In the RSPCA’s West Central
region there were 16,096 cruelty complaints – an increase of 19.8
per cent, and 129 convictions were secured. Over 210,000 calls to the
cruelty and advice line were made.
In the Birmingham and West
Midlands section, which includes Coventry, the number of cruelty
investigations rose by more than 33 per cent to 4,319.
The number of prosecutions
nearly trebled to 53.
Warwickshire saw a small rise
in the number of complaints investigated - 1,750 - but a fall in the
number of convictions.
One the most shocking cases
experienced by inspectors was when a starving German shepherd dog was
forced to eat the body of a dead Rottweiler after the pair were
abandoned in a Coventry flat.
Anthony Valentine moved out of
the flat in Nauls Mill House, Middlesborough Road, Radford in April
1997, and left the dogs with no food or water for two months.
The German shepherd died
before he was discovered.
Inspector Paul Kempson, who
was called to the ninth floor flat in June 1997 to investigate, said:
“The whole flat smelt very
strongly of rotting flesh, excrement and urine. The floors of the
lounge, kitchen and outside balcony were covered in a large amount
of dog excrement.”
He found the dead German
shepherd weighing less than a third of his ideal weight, and part of
the pelt and jawbone of the Rottweiler nearby.
A vet said the Rottweiler was
either killed by the other dog to calm his hunger, or died from
“The meat and fluid
contained in the carcass could well have sustained the German
shepherd for a period of two to three weeks but then it would, in
its turn, have starved.
“Both dogs would have
suffered a prolonged and terrifying ordeal, probably including a
fight to the death.”
Valentine, aged 40, denied
permitting unnecessary suffering to the German shepherd, claiming the
dogs were not his, but was found guilty at Coventry Magistrates Court
when he failed to appear for his trial.
He disappeared but was
eventually traced and sentenced to five months in prison in March
1999, and banned from keeping any animal for life.
There will be cheap
microchipping of pet cats and dogs at the RSPCA Animal Centre in
Coundon Wedge Drive, Allesley all week as part of activities to raise
awareness of the charity’s work.
Each pet can have a microchip
inserted and stored on a national database for £10 – half the
normal price. If the animal is lost it means it can easily be found
and re-united with its owner.
More details on 024 7633 6616.