Here you'll read stories which represent just a limited number of the animal cruelty or neglect cases that we come across on a regular basis.
Warning: You may find some of the details in these stories upsetting
Artificial badger sett built to train dogs badger baiting
A cat was thrown into the air as a "prank" with no regard for his wellbeing.
Crossbreed dog had a very lucky escape after he was spotted by members of the public left tied up in the boot of a car on a sweltering June day.
A 19-year-old man shot dead two adult herring gulls that were nesting with their three chicks.
A role model for law and order was convicted for causing unnecessary suffering to her two West Highland white terriers.
A cat was left to suffer after his owner tried to DIY the injury.
A man who fractured his dog's spine and left him with extensive bruising was disqualified from keeping animals for life.
A social media video shows a man trying to kill or injure a pigeon with a full bottle of water.
A woman was disqualified from keeping animals for life after she admitted causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of a large number of animals in her care.
A man who disregarded animal welfare to make a profit from puppies was disqualified from keeping dogs for life.
Five neglected ponies with extremely overgrown hooves were found living in a filthy barn standing on top of deep, dirty bedding.
Fell pony Jet was in very poor body condition when our inspector first saw him.
Lucy was caused mental fear and terror by her owner shouting at her.
Our inspector found guinea pigs confined within plastic contains in a garden shed.
A man who shot a tethered chicken with crossbow bolts was disqualified from keeping animals for five years.
Jazz was beaten, punched, kicked, strangled and thrown but survived her ordeal and has since been happily rehomed.
How our inspectors investigate complaints of animal cruelty and neglect.
Through education, advice, services, campaigning, and the law - we can prevent cruelty to animals.
The power to prosecute means we can stop the suffering of more animals, when other means don't work.