Albany high on animal cruelty list

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
A pelican was stabbed in Denmark last year.
Camera IconA pelican was stabbed in Denmark last year. Credit: DBCA

Albany remains a hotspot for animal cruelty complaints, recording the second-highest number of cruelty cases in regional WA last year.

The statistics released by the RSPCA this week had Albany ranked on the regional list with 187 animal cruelty reports in 2018.

The city ranked as the worst regional location in 2017 but was overtaken in the latest figures by Kalgoorlie-Boulder with 210 reports.

Albany recorded the same number of cases in both years, which concerned the animal welfare charity.

According to the RSPCA, the most common cruelty complaints last year included kicking animals, abandonment, and insufficient water and food.

RSPCA WA chief executive Iain Torrance said the figures from the cruelty hotline revealed several areas which recorded high numbers of cases for a third consecutive year.

“It’s encouraging to see the community is reporting cruelty and giving a voice to abused, neglected and mistreated animals who can’t speak for themselves.

“But, with more than 50 reports flooding in every single day, the sad truth is we simply can’t get to every animal in time.”

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