Wales

Number of dog and cockfighting cases increase in Wales

Dog fight Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption Animal fighting and baiting was banned in England and Wales in 1835

Reports of organised dog and cockfighting in Wales have risen by 57%, new RSPCA figures reveal.

A total of 33 incidents were reported in 2014, compared to 21 in 2010, despite animal fighting being banned for 180 years.

RSPCA chief inspector Ian Briggs said: "It disgusts me there are individuals who take pleasure in watching animals brutally fight each other.

"They often cause horrific and sometimes fatal injuries."

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