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Police and Crime Commissioner to visit RSPCA animal centre

Alan Charles, Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) is continuing to show his support for the work in the fight against animal cruelty with a second visit to the RSPCA.

Last month Mr Charles spent the day visiting some of the RSPCA’s busiest areas in Derbyshire with one of our inspectors and a wildlife crime officer in a bid to get an understanding of the types of animal welfare incidents and challenges faced by officers every day.

His visit was warmly welcomed by the RSPCA who work closely with the police in a bid to tackle animal cruelty at all levels.

Now Mr Charles is due to visit the RSPCA Derby and District Animal Centre in Abbey Street, Derby on Wednesday 31 July from 9.30am until 11am.

Alan Charles said he was looking forward to his visit, adding: “Animal cruelty is something about which I feel very strongly and those who abuse animals in any way need to understand that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. I’m keen to visit the Derby branch as it will give me greater insight into the issues and challenges faced by the RSPCA, whose work to prevent needless suffering in animals is very impressive.”

RSPCA Superintendent Kelly Rivers said: “The RSPCA is delighted that in Derbyshire we have a police and crime commissioner so dedicated to tackling animal cruelty in this county.

“Sadly animal cruelty incidents are on the increase and therefore we need to work with our partner agencies as much as possible in order to detect and prevent them.”

Centre manager Deb Peck said: “We are so pleased that Mr Charles is going to pay a visit to our centre. Derby is only a small animal centre, but his visit will show exactly the type of cruelty-related incidents we have to deal with on a daily basis. And he can see first-hand the fabulous work of the RSPCA staff and volunteers who help to rehabilitate and rehome these poor animals in need.”

“We are also rolling out an education programme to highlight the need for responsible pet ownership.  We are particularly working with a lot of local schools and are also trialling a new roving roadshow, beginning in Sussex Circus in Chaddesden on August 3 and 4 to give advice, health checks and neutering assistance where required.”

Mr Charles signed up to the RSPCA’s animal welfare manifesto before he was elected as the PCC for Derbyshire in November 2012. In his crime plan he also states that one of his objectives is to ‘tackle wildlife crime and cruelty towards animals – working with the RSPCA in developing effective prevention strategies.’

The four main trends identified in the Derbyshire area are the poaching of wild animals, illegal bird trapping, equine related issues such as fly grazing and tethering and abandoned animals.

Wildlife crime continues to pose a particular problem in Derbyshire due to the rural nature of much of the county and in 2012, 27 of the 89 convictions in the RSPCA prosecutions were for wildlife-related offences.

If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message.

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Posted on Thursday 25th July 2013
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