The RSPCA has revealed that calls about illegal dogfighting and cockfighting have gone up by a third in the past five years.
The Lancashire RSPCA reported 27 calls about animal fighting last year – the fourth highest in the country.
The charity’s chief inspector Ian Briggs 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 take pleasure in watching animals brutally fight each other, often causing horrific and sometimes fatal injuries.”
To report animal cruelty, call the RSPCA’s 24-hour hotline on 0300 1234 999