Animal cruelty reports up: RSPCA
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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