In one attack, five-month-old Cadey-Lee Deacon was killed by two Rottweilers.
RSPCA regional superintendent for the North, Dave Millard, was quoted urging compulsory microchipping and registration of all dogs.
Meanwhile, animal welfare charity RSPB fell from fourth to eighth, but recorded 181 mentions. The group criticised twitchers whose attempts to photograph a rare rose-coloured Starling led to it dying of exhaustion.
Cancer Research UK moved from fifth to second after it published a report on rising breast cancer rates.
Macmillan Cancer Support also increased its coverage after hosting what it claimed to be ‘the world's biggest ever coffee morning'.
Friends of the Earth International leapt to fourth after The Guardian covered its claim that genetically modified rice had found its way into US exports bound for the UK.
NGO WATCH - September 2006 ranking
01. RSPCA (NGO), 327 (No. of mentions)
02. Cancer Research UK, 301
03. Age Concern, 301
04. Friends of the Earth International, 271
05. Red Cross, 256
06. Macmillan Cancer Support, 241
07. Amnesty International, 216
08. RSPB, 181
09. British Heart Foundation, 179
10. Citizens Advice Bureau, 171