CATS are among Dorset's most frequently-neglected animals, RSPCA officials say.

Across England and Wales, the charity received more than 100,000 calls relating to cats last year. Inspectors rescue more cats than any other animal. The 2018, the RSPCA received 1,427 calls about cats.

The organisation released the figures on International Cat Day.

Alice Potter, RSPCA’s cat welfare expert said: “It’s sad to see that we have received so many calls about cats in need.

"Cats end up needing our help for a variety of reasons. For example, their natural curiosity can mean they need rescuing when they get into scrapes and tricky situations.

"There are also some real issues that we see time and again including cats and kittens being abandoned, cats having unplanned and unwanted pregnancies due to a lack of neutering and multi-cat households where breeding has sadly become out of control."