RSPCA Wales statistics and analysis 2013 – 2019

The SHG has collated these figures into tables to provide the media and anyone else interested with a means of easily comparing RSPCA Wales statistics between 2013 and 2019.  A glance will enable busy journalists to see whether claims of increases or decreases over a set number of years really show the claimed trends or if extending the time period shows something completely different.

All of the statistics used here have come from the RSPCA Annual summary. for Wales from 2014 to 2019.  Note that the RSPCA regularly changes the names of the things they measure or the way that they are measured making it very difficult to draw comparisons.

The data for 2013 is taken from the 2014 report.

The 2018 report is light on content.  Very few figures are given.

The 2019 report states that the inspectorate numbers 40.  We have put this down as inspectors but in all probability it means the sum of all employees in the inspectorate, not just inspectors.

One statistic that has not changed over the years is the number of calls which has remained steady at 50,000.  This is important because all of the other figures that are quoted vary year on year.  It is difficult to understand why calls for one issue would increase proportionately to the decrease in another issue leaving the total number of calls constant.

Table 1 shows the make up of the RSPCA Inspectorate in Wales to the extent that it can be ascertained from the figures given in the Annual Summaries.

Table 1.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
RSPCA as a Whole in Wales
Calls from the public 50000 50000 50000 50000 50000
No. Inspectors 23 30 40
No. Animal Welfare Officers 3
No. Animal Collection Officers 7 6
Animals Collected and Transported by ACOs 3129
No. Market Inspectors 3


Table 2 contains the prosecution statistics.

The 2018 report refers to 5940 pet owners offered and accepted animal welfare advice.  We have taken this to mean they were given a welfare and improvement notice.

2 of the 60 defendants convicted in 2019 were  youths.  Children in other words.

No explanation is given for why the  statistics change year on year.  Nor is there any explanation of why the different statistics go up and down but the total number of calls remains static.

We can only speculate that the RSPCA chooses what to investigate depending on the availability of funds and the campaigns they are running.

They state that the number of convictions fell for the first time in 4 years, which is true, although we do not have the 2018 figures.  What they have not pointed out is the steep drop in convictions between 2013 and 2014 and the steady rise  thereafter.

What is really happening is that all of the figures oscillate around an average, some years they rise and some years they fall, and unless the RSPCA increases the number of inspectors and the amount of money it has available to spend on prosecutions that will remain the position.   No charity can ever match the funding or resources available to state prosecutors.  This is why prosecutions should always be the job of the state, not private bodies like charities.
Table 2.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Defendants Convicted 79 47 41 61 67 60
Total Convictions 297 116 89 120 148 122
Cautions 38
Complaints of Cruelty 11740 9895
Complaints Investigated 4484 10540 10176 10856 7197
Welfare and Warning Notices 5618 5790 7119 6678 5940 4392
Convictions 116 89 122


Table 3 gives the Regional Prosecution Statistics.  Note that the figures for 2018 and 2019 were not published in the Annual Summaries.

Table 3

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Regions Stats
South East Wales
Total Convictions 169 54 52 35 38
Defendants Convicted 36 24 25 25 19
North & Mid Wales
Total Convictions 35 32 27 17 44
Defendants Convicted 13 12 10 8 20
South West Wales
Total Convictions 73 30 10 68 66
Defendants Convicted 30 11 6 28 28



Table 4 contains a mix of information given on animals collected, rehomed, neutered etc plus details of the number of Branches and clinics.  They are divided between the RSPCA as a whole in Wales and those for the Branches and Animal Centres.

The 2015 report had this spectacular comment:

Whilst an encouraging 78 percent of dogs were reported to be microchipped, more than 60 percent of dogs acquired in the previous five years had been sourced from private sellers or friends and family. So whilst the RSPCA warmly welcomed the improvements made by the Welsh Government to the standards for licensed dog breeding in Wales, which came into force in April 2015, these statistics show us there is still much work to be done to educate potential dog owners.

Here we see the beginnings of the legislative moves to destroy dog breeding and force those who want to obtain a dog to get one from charities

The 2017 figures for cats neutered is part of the joint project with Cat Protection.  People who took it up were also offered a microchip.  We are not told how many took up the offer of a microchip..

The 2017 report also states that most animals collected and rescued are wildlife.

The number of Branches in Wales dropped from 14 in 2015 to 13 in 2017.

Table 4

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
RSPCA as a Whole in Wales
Animals Collected and Rescued 8537 7589 7642 8220 8006 8294
Animals Rehomed 1750 1856 2140 2000 1977
Dogs Rehomed
Cats Rehomed
Cats Neutered 3000 7745
Other Animals Neutered 1500
Equine Complaints Dealt With 2166
No. Equines Complained About 10780
Equines Taken In 70 100 72
Wild Animals Rescued 4919
Dogs Rescued 626 601
Cats Rescued 1930 1514
Animals Neutered 4500 9000
Animals Microchipped 2500
No. Vet Clinics 7
No. Animal Centres 3
No. Branches 14 13
No. Equine Rehoming Officer 1
No. Adoption Centres 1
Branches Stats
Animals Rehomed 1176 850 1044
Neutering provided for Animals 4245 4500
Cats Neutered 3000
Other Animals Neutered 1500
Animals Microchipped 2540 2500
Welfare Treatments Provided 11682
No. National RSPCA Animal Centres 2
Animals Rehomed by Animal Centres 900 933
Dogs Rehomed by Animal Centres 239
Cats Rehomed by Animal Centres 444
RSPCA Cymru & Newport Pets at Home
Animals Rehomed 1251 100


We will add to these statistics as new data becomes available.  Please let us know if you find any errors or if you find data that is currently missing from these tables.