Stuart Andrew attended the RSPCA’s annual drop-in in the House of Commons recently. As part of this, he heard directly from RSPCA Inspectors about their frontline work to protect animals in Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough and across the UK.
At the event, the scale of animal cruelty complaints across Leeds City Council local authority area were revealed. In 2018, the RSPCA investigated 1765 complaints about animal cruelty in the county, with 43 convictions being made to 23 indiviuals.
The RSPCA has been investigating and prosecuting animal welfare offences since its foundation in 1824. To this day, they are increasing their work to prevent cruelty occurring in the first place and to educate the next generation of animal lovers.
Stuart said: “I’m proud to support the RSPCA and the work that their Inspectors do to protect animal welfare in my constituency. It was fantastic to meet some of their hard-working Inspectors and to thank them on behalf of the animal lovers in our area for all that they do. However, I am saddened that the RSPCA’s latest statistics show animal cruelty complaints are continuing in Leeds. We all have a duty to be vigilant against abuses of animal welfare and I will continue to work closely with the RSPCA to help improve standards of animal welfare in Pudsey and across the UK.”