The Scottish SPCA has revealed that in 2017 their frontline staff responded to over 8140 incidents as a result of calls to their animal helpline in South Lanarkshire.
Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “While Scotland is a nation of animals lovers, unfortunately there are some who still abuse and neglect animals.”
The charity has hailed its ground-breaking education programme as the way forward.
Flynn continued, “We firmly believe that education is the key to preventing cruelty and are encouraged by the continued success of our Prevention through Education programme for primary schools which reached 16,248 children in the South Lanarkshire area.”
The charity also reported that they cared for over 2200 animals at their Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
Manager Peter Fleming said: “Last year we found new homes for over 528 animals from our centre here in Hamilton but there’s always more we can do to help.”