Ur­gent need for re­gional RSPCA in­spec­tor

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Pil­bara is likely to be a pri­or­ity re­gion to re­ceive its own RSPCA WA in­spec­tor, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive has said af­ter a district tour as part of a cam­paign to build the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s coverage across the State.

RSPCA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive David van Oo­ran toured Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land, New­man and Tom Price over five days last week to seek stake­holder sup­port and com­mu­nity funding to­wards po­ten­tially es­tab­lish­ing a RSPCA in­spec­tor po­si­tion in the re­gion.

The visit co­in­cides with the RSPCA’s 20for20 cam­paign, which asks peo­ple to do­nate $20 to­wards in­creas­ing the num­ber of in­spec­tors in WA from 11 to 20, es­pe­cially in re­gional ar­eas.

Af­ter meet­ing with lo­cal vets, coun­cils, po­lice and an­i­mal res­cue groups, Mr van Oo­ran said there was a “des­per­ate need” for an in­spec­tor’s ser­vices in the Pil­bara.

“What we find is hav­ing an RSPCA pres­ence in a re­gion re­ally pro­vides the com­mu­nity with a ded­i­cated touch­stone solely and wholly on an­i­mal cru­elty and ne­glect cases, and they know they’ve got some­one to turn to who has the ap­pro­pri­ate pow­ers,” he said.

“Hav­ing said that, most of our work is education-based.

“There is a lot of naivety or just peo­ple not know­ing about re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship and how to care for an­i­mals.” He said the or­gan­i­sa­tion an­tic­i­pated an RSPCA in­spec­tor in the Pil­bara would re­ceive up to 500 re­ports of an­i­mal cru­elty a year based on the re­sults from in­tro­duc­ing an in­spec­tor in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der last year.

RSPCA WA in­spec­tors are re­spon­si­ble for en­forc­ing the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act in WA, in­clud­ing re­spond­ing to and in­ves­ti­gat­ing an­i­mal cru­elty re­ports and ed­u­cat­ing the gen­eral com­mu­nity on re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship.

There are seven in­spec­tors in the Perth metropoli­tan area and four re­gion­ally, in Ger­ald­ton, Bun­bury, Al­bany and Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

To con­trib­ute to the 20for20 cam­paign, go to 20for20.com.au.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

SAFE Kar­ratha founder Sue Hed­ley, RSPCA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive David van Oo­ran and Kar­ratha Veterinary Hos­pi­tal ve­teri­nar­ian Tim Mont­gomery.

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