South Yorkshire's animal cruelty toll

MORE than 3,700 animals were rescued or taken from homes in South Yorkshire last year, according to an animal welfare charity.

The RSPCA this week revealed annual figures which show that the county remains the fourth-highest region in the north of England for intervention with pet owners, despite a slight fall in rescues and collections.

The number of animals rescued or collected by the RSPCA in South Yorkshire was 3,705 in 2010—down by 158 from the previous year’s total of 3,863.

South Yorkshire comes fourth out of eleven counties in the north’s table of cruelty shame behind Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Merseyside.