REPORTS of dogfighting and cockfighting in Denbighshire and Conwy have increased.
According to the RSPCA, in Wales there was a total of 33 calls in 2014, compared to 21 in 2010 - an increase of 57 per cent, the most calls came from Caerphilly and Conwy county - despite the practice being banned for 180 years.
In 2014 there were four calls to the RSPCA in Conwy, up from one in 2010, and two in Denbighshire up from one in 2010.
Chief inspector Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit which investigates organised animal crime, said the figures came as no surprise.
He said: “People look at me with amazement when I tell them about some of the things I’ve seen and heard of when it comes to dogfighting and cockfighting.
"Some people simply can’t believe it still happens, but it does and these new figures show that it is as much a problem now, if not more, than any other point in recent years.
“I’ve been investigating organised animal fighting for more than a decade and it still disgusts me, knowing that there are individuals who continue to take pleasure in watching animals brutally fight each other, often causing horrific and sometimes fatal injuries.
“RSPCA inspectors deal with countless instances of neglect caused by ignorance, but these cases are all about premeditated cruelty. People are deliberately breeding, training and fighting animals for the sole purpose of inflicting suffering.
“Hopefully one day organised animal fighting can truthfully be described as a thing of the past. Until then, we’ll keep investigating and try to bring about an end to such horrific levels of animal cruelty.”
There were a total of 594 calls to the RSPCA in 2014 to report incidents or information connected to organised animal fighting, compared to 449 in 2010 - an increase of nearly 33 per cent.
Anyone who wants to report animal cruelty can contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty and advice line by calling 0300 1234 999.