A TOP animal charity has outlined the way in which it brings people who have neglected pets to justice.
Bosses from the RSPCA have spoken out after the Mail revealed details of their efforts in two horrible cases of animal cruelty.
One case saw a man hauled before the courts and forced to surrender his dog after leaving it for days on end on its own in Hartshorne and another saw them nurse three horses, two found in Ashby, back to health from the brink of death.
A spokesman for the charity said: “With their specialist skills, our inspectors are able to resolve the vast majority of these complaints by providing advice, assistance and support to people who need help in looking after their animals.
“But, sadly, our inspectors also have to deal with some very serious cases of animal suffering, or people who won’t respond to attempts to improve the welfare of their animals.
“In these and other types of cases, including large-scale organised and commercial animal cruelty, we would consider if prosecution is an appropriate course of action.
“When RSPCA inspectors have reason to believe that an offence has been committed, they prepare a case file containing evidence such as witness statements, photographs, and veterinary or other expert advice.
“The RSPCA, unlike the police, have no special powers to gather evidence.
“But we use the law to ensure any evidence gathered can be used in court.
“Once the investigation is complete, the file is submitted to our prosecutions team, who consider whether the case ought to be prosecuted.
“Our prosecutions team review the evidence in the case files submitted by our inspectors, work with our inspectors to resolve evidential or legal issues concerning case and make the decision whether or not to prosecute individuals accused of offences.”