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Bin liner full of puppies thrown in canal just one of thousands of animal cruelty calls in West Midlands

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Bin liner full of puppies thrown in canal just one of thousands of animal cruelty calls in West Midlands

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Monday, 1 August 2022

Staffordshire Police

Almost 3,000 animal cruelty calls have been made to RSPCA helplines over the last three years in the West Midlands and Staffordshire according to "shocking and deeply upsetting" new statistics.

The figures come in the wake of the high-profile case of West Ham United footballer Kurt Zouma, who was prosecuted after a video of him kicking his cat went viral on social media.

In June, Zouma was sentenced to 180 hours of community service and was banned from owning a cat for five years after pleading guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Now, RSPCA figures show that they received almost 2,000 calls from the West Midlands over the last three years, and almost 1,000 calls from Staffordshire - which is excluded from the West Midlands figures.

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