City tops animal cruelty list

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Chihuahua cross Picannini in the back of the RSPCA pod.
Camera IconChihuahua cross Picannini in the back of the RSPCA pod. Credit: Abby Murray

RSPCA WA chief inspector Amanda Swift said the City of Albany, for the third year in a row, had recorded the highest number of cruelty reports in the Great Southern.

Last year the RSPCA responded to 187 cruelty reports, including 62 for ill-treatment, 34 for insufficient food or water and 24 for failure to alleviate harm. The Albany figures were up from 182 in 2017.

Ms Swift said suburbs in the Albany metropolitan area topped the list for most cruelty complaints.

“We received 14 cruelty complaints from Albany, 12 each from Spencer Park and Yakamia, 11 from Orana,” she said.

“Outside the metro area, the suburbs with the most cruelty reports were Torbay with 10 reports, Mt Barker with nine and Katanning with eight.”

Ms Swift said responding to animal cruelty reports was a mammoth task for the RSPCA.

“The nature of cruelty complaints received changes slightly in each local government area but there are common complaints being reported regularly across the Great Southern, the most common received in 2018 included ill treatment of animals, like kicking an animal, abandonment, and insufficient food and water,” she said.

“Failure to alleviate harm, which could be someone failing to take their sick or injured pet to the vet, was also one of the most common complaints received.

“In some cases, we know people might be experiencing financial hardship and can’t afford to look after their animal but in other more disturbing cases, people have simply ignored their pet’s suffering.”

Ms Swift said in the 2017-18 financial year inspectors received more than 19,000 cruelty reports, or more than 50 reports a day.

“Responding to these reports is a mammoth task — in 2017-2018 inspectors collectively travelled more than 263,000km and investigated 6057 cases.”

Plantagenet Shire with 27 and Katanning Shire with 13 had the second and third-most cruelty reports for 2018.

Both shires saw an increase in cruelty reports when compared to 2017.

Ms Swift said it was encouraging to see the public report cruelty.

“While the number of reports received can be overwhelming, every report RSPCA WA receives is a member of the public standing up for voiceless animals.”

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