Animal cruelty shame
THE City of Swan has been named as the worst metropolitan area for animal cruelty for the second year in a row, with reports on the rise.
The RSPCA received 650 cruelty reports in 2017 from the Swan area, increasing from 641 reports in 2016.
Ellenbrook ranked in the top three worst suburbs for 2017 with 79 cruelty reports, increasing from 66 reports in 2016.
Midland is in top spot for 2018, with 29 cruelty reports made this year so far, while Ellenbrook is the fourth worst suburb, with 21 reports.
RSPCA WA chief executive David van Ooran said the nature of cruelty complaints changed slightly in each suburb but there were common complaints.
He said Perth was breaking records for the wrong reasons in 2018, with January and February having the highest amount of cruelty complaints since records began.
Mr van Ooran commented on a recent horrific attack in Ellenbrook where a cat was shot with a bow and arrow, and other similar incidents in the Byford area.
“The disturbing cases from the last month across Perth have really rattled the community and we have heard the outrage loud and clear,” he said.
“We are following up a number of leads; this is why reporting cruelty is so important.
“Compared to the first four months of 2018, we’re tracking higher than 2017. We received the highest number of cruelty complaints in January and February this year since current records began.
“This is not good enough; we need to put a stop to animal cruelty and we need more inspectors on the roads.”
Armadale ranked as the worst suburb for 2017 with 102 cruelty reports, while Baldivis was ranked second worst with 87 reports. The City of Wanneroo area ranked as the second worst for animal cruelty reports, while the City of Rockingham area came in third.
Mr van Ooran said it was concerning to see a rise in complaints, but it also meant the community was not tolerating cruelty towards animals.
“The most common cruelty complaints received across the state last year included ill-treatment of animals (e.g. kicking an animal), 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.
“Failure to alleviate harm, which could be someone failing to take their sick or injured pet to the vet, was also one of the top five highest complaints received.
“In some cases we know people might be experiencing financial hardship and can’t afford vet care, but in more disturbing cases people have simply ignored their pet’s suffering.”
Beau was shot with a bow and arrow in Ellenbrook last month.