SPALDING is a town of animal lovers compared to other areas suffering a shocking rise in cases of cruelty and neglect.
In spite of national statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) showing the number of people convicted of mistreating their pets rose by nearly a quarter last year, only isolated cases have been reported in the area.
This is in contrast to the rest of the county, which holds the highest figure in the east region, with 69 cases being reported and 30 convictions.
RSPCA inspector for Lincolnshire Andy Bostock said: “Things are no worse now in the Spalding area than ten years ago when I first came here. I mainly get called by people who are no longer able to look after their pets – not because they intentionally set out to hurt an animal.”
Cases of cruelty have been revealed ahead of the charity’s major fundraising push, RSPCA Week 2012, which starts on Wednesday. The most recent local case to horrify residents was the duck shot with a crossbow in Commercial Road in February, which was collected by the RSPCA and treated by vets.
Mr Bostock said: “Because the ducks wander into town from the river they can become a target, but mostly our work is rehoming animals.”
Blazegate Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Lutton currently has 14 cats needing a home. Anyone interested can call 01406 362057.