The RSPCA have revealed that they received nearly 20,000 calls regarding cruelty to equines in 2016.
The charity said that they received 19,530 complaints about equine welfare last year, with equines being the third most common animal to receive welfare calls for, after dogs and cats.
The total number of calls received by the charity in 2016 for all animals was 1,153,744 – an increase of over 3% since 2015, with the charity investigating more that 400 allegations of cruelty every day.
It’s thought that the number of calls increasing is due to the public seeing more animal cruelty online through social media and reporting it.
Dermot Murphy, Assistant Director of the RSPCA Inspectorate, said: “It never fails to shock me when I look back on the extreme instances of animal cruelty the RSPCA has been called upon to investigate.
“It continues to outrage and sadden me that people can be capable of such deliberate brutality towards animals, but equally it drives me on to ensure that perpetrators of animal cruelty are put before the courts.
“I believe that the figures from last year show that we’re not becoming crueler, but that people are simply less willing to stand by and do nothing if they think an animal is suffering.
“People are increasingly likely to share images or footage on their social media accounts of animals they believe are not being cared for properly, while many will see material their friends have shared and then contact us about them.
“Either way, our officers are under increased pressure having to respond to more calls and investigate more complaints, but it is thanks to their dedication, as well as RSPCA staff and volunteers across England and Wales that we are able to transform the lives of tens of thousands of animals each year.”