Support sees drop in animal cruelty

DOGS and horses were the subject of most animal cruelty complaints this year, according to RSPCA Tasmania's chief inspector Paul McGinty.

Mr McGinty said most dog-related complaints involved living and body conditions, while horse owners affected by drought were the target of neighbours concerned the animals weren't being sufficiently fed.

Mr McGinty said 2013 had been "reasonably routine" with few cases of intentional cruelty.

"It's probably one in every 100," Mr McGinty said.

Mr McGinty said a rise in social media use had seen an outpouring of support for the organisation, a trend complemented by a slight fall in cruelty complaints.

"There's been an increase in support for what we do as far as the inspectorate is concerned," Mr McGinty said.

"A noticeable thing for this year statistically is the RSPCA inspectors in Tasmania are up in the very top level as far as volume of work [and] successful prosecutions."

Mr McGinty does not expect a break over Christmas - he said people gifting animals to unsuspecting family members and a rising temperature resulted in extra work for the organisation.

The most recent data available states the organisation investigated 4168 cruelty complaints, had 38 successful prosecutions and 34 convictions recorded through 2011-12, some of which were cases from previous years.

Mr McGinty said 41 prosecutions began this year, about 80 per cent of which were ongoing.

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