Animals also targeted in knife crime
MORE than 100 animals are being harmed by knives and other bladed weapons every year, according to the RSPCA.
The charity has received over 420 calls to its 24-hour cruelty hotline since 2016.
RSPCA spokesman Dermot Murphy said: “The country has been horrified by the tragic toll that knife crime is having on young people in our towns and cities.
“Sadly, we are seeing far too many shocking incidents of blades also being used on animals.”
The charity highlighted examples, including a Shetland pony found slashed and stabbed at a Sunderland allotment, and a dog discovered stuffed into a fly-tipped suitcase after being stabbed in the head in Halifax.
STABBED Shetland pony