NEW data from the Scottish SPCA has shown Fife is Scotland’s hotspot for reports of animals in need.

Almost one in 10 of all jobs taken on by Scotland’s animal welfare charity were in Fife.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the SSPCA reported an eight per cent drop in reports of animals in need nationwide compared to the first six months of 2019.

Lockdown forced the closure of all nine Scottish SPCA animal rescue and rehoming centres across Scotland, which meant animals were arriving at the centres without being rehomed.

Scottish SPCA chief executive Kirsteen Campbell said: “Our whole team has worked so hard through this unprecedented crisis, and the passion and dedication they have displayed all the way through has been truly inspirational.

“Even during lockdown, we were still averaging a call about an animal in need every 90 seconds, which shows the scale of demand there was for our services."