An­i­mal cru­elty shame

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

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.

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