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I’m an an­i­mal lover, and have grown up with cats and dogs be­ing val­ued and much-adored mem­bers of the fam­ily.

Early child­hood mem­o­ries al­ways fea­ture the fam­ily dog - my par­ents are fans of Labradors - and they were all so well loved and cared for - each of them truly part of the fam­ily.

I had to fight back the tears yes­ter­day when a press re­lease landed in my in­box, list­ing the most ab­hor­rent cases of an­i­mal cru­elty and ne­glect.

The SPCA List of Shame is a shock­ing and heart­break­ing read - it high­lights 11 of the most shame­ful cases of an­i­mal cru­elty in 2017. The list in­cludes a five year old Lab starved to death, a duck with its beak blown up by a fire­cracker and a ne­glected horse left in pain with a de­formed eye. How can peo­ple be­have so badly and be so cruel? It dis­gusts me - and I don’t un­der­stand it.

We can all do our bit to pro­tect an­i­mals at risk. Do­na­tions for this year’s SPCA An­nual Ap­peal can be made to street col­lec­tors from March 9 to March 11. I know I’ll be dig­ging deep.


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