An­i­mal cru­elty re­ports up: RSPCA

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary be­ing the high­est since records be­gan.

The RSPCA re­leased a list of cru­elty hotspots last week, which showed Ar­madale was the sub­urb with the high­est num­ber of re­ports in the 2017 cal­en­dar year with 102 re­ports, over­tak­ing Bal­divis which ranked as the worst in 2016.

The list also re­vealed that Ar­madale and Mid­land were track­ing as the worst sub­urbs for 2018, with 29 cru­elty re­ports each this year to date. CRU­ELTY HOTSPOTS 2017 501 re­ports, closely fol­lowed by City of Rock­ing­ham with 440 re­ports.

RSPCA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive David van Oo­ran said it was dis­turb­ing to see cru­elty com­plaints on the rise but re­it­er­ated the need for the com­mu­nity to stay vig­i­lant.

“Com­pared to the first four months of 2018, we’re track­ing higher than 2017,” he said.

“This is not good... we need to put a stop to an­i­mal cru­elty and we need more in­spec­tors on the roads. The most com­mon cru­elty com­plaints re­ceived across the state last year in­cluded ill treatment of an­i­mals, aban­don­ment, in­suf­fi­cient food and water, and dogs in hot cars,” he said.

“While dogs in hot cars is generally a sum­mer com­plaint, it is quite alarm­ing that enough com­plaints have been re­ceived that it has shown up as the fourth high­est num­ber of com­plaints across the state for the whole year.”

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