Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Reason to Be Pleased, despite Cruelty Horrors; YOUR VIEW TODAY: Leanne Plumtree, North of England Press Officer, RSPCA A Chance for Local Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Advice Groups to Reach Our Readers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Reason to Be Pleased, despite Cruelty Horrors; YOUR VIEW TODAY: Leanne Plumtree, North of England Press Officer, RSPCA A Chance for Local Charities, Voluntary Organisations and Advice Groups to Reach Our Readers

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IT'S been the craziest week of the year to be an RSPCA press officer.

We released our annual complaint and prosecution figures on Wednesday, and the phone has been ringing off the hook.

As the North press officer, I have the dubious honour of looking after seven out of the ten worst counties for animal welfare in England and Wales - based on the number of people convicted for animal cruelty - County Durham and North Yorkshire being two of them.

Forty-two people were convicted of offences in County Durham last year, and 27 in North Yorkshire, placing them in fourth and eighth in England and Wales.

Among these were the County Durham owners of a female American bulldog called Jess, who had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice after being allowed to suffer.

She had multiple conditions including entropion, a painful condition where the eyelids fold inwards, an infected facial abscess, ear and skin infections and thickening of all of the pads on her feet, resulting in thick horny growths which meant she could barely walk. …

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