Animal cruelty is when someone deliberately hurts or does not properly care for an animal under their control such as their pet dog or cat.
It can include anything from physical violence, to deliberate mental distress or neglect, for example not feeding or cleaning an animal.
If you see, or suspect that a person may be treating an animal badly, whether this is physical violence, neglect or any other form of cruelty you should report this to the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line.
You can contact them on 0300 1234 999. The call will cost the same as any call to a UK landline number.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals looks to rescue animals who are in danger. If you want to report animal cruelty visit their website.