WORST IN RE­GIONAL WA

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Al­bany has topped the RSPCA’s list of the high­est num­ber of an­i­mal cru­elty re­ports in the past two years for coun­try WA.

The an­i­mal wel­fare author­ity re­sponded to 182 com­plaints in the re­gion in 2016, plac­ing just un­der Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der, with 202 cases, and topped the list with 187 cases in 2017.

In 2018, there has been a sim­i­lar num­ber of calls as at the same time last year.

So far this year, RSPCA has re­sponded to 61 com­plaints in Al­bany this year.

Har­vey also made the list for an­i­mal cru­elty hotspots, with 122 cases in 2016 and 92 cases last year.

The most com­mon cru­elty com­plaints re­ceived across the State last year in­cluded ill treat­ment of an­i­mals in­clud­ing kick­ing an an­i­mal, aban­don­ment, in­suf­fi­cient food and water, and dogs left in hot cars.

RSPCA chief in­spec­tor Amanda Swift said the cases that had been re­ported were con­cern­ing.

“Most of the calls we re­ceived from the Al­bany district last year in­volved ei­ther ill treat­ment, or aban­don­ment, lack of food and water or lack of shel­ter,” she said.

“This is con­cern­ing be­cause th­ese con­di­tions are all very eas­ily pre­ventable — peo­ple just have to treat their an­i­mals bet­ter.”

Ms Swift said car­ing for pets was a big re­spon­si­bil­ity, adding an­i­mals re­lied on their own­ers for their ev­ery need.

“To treat them badly, not pro­vide ad­e­quate food, water and shel­ter, or to sim­ply aban­don them is clearly cruel,” she said. “Ask for help if you’re strug­gling — we don’t want an­i­mals to suf­fer un­nec­es­sar­ily.”

RSPCA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive David van Oo­ran said the or­gan­i­sa­tion des­per­ately needed more in­spec­tors through­out WA — there were cur­rently just 12.

“In re­gional ar­eas, in­spec­tors cover vast re­gions, and the re­ports we re­ceive are mainly based around the cities and towns near to where they’re sta­tioned,” he said.

“We know there are more an­i­mals in need out there that we sim­ply can’t reach. We do still re­spond to re­ports in ar­eas where in­spec­tors are not placed by seek­ing as­sis­tance from the lo­cal po­lice or shire rangers, how­ever we know that there are so many more in­ci­dents go­ing un­re­ported.

“It is still re­ally im­por­tant that you call us, even if we don’t have an ac­tive pres­ence in the area.

“With more in­spec­tors on the roads, we can res­cue more an­i­mals. It’s that sim­ple.” In­spec­tors en­cour­age any­one who sees an­i­mal cru­elty to re­port it to the 24hour Cru­elty Hot­line on 1300 CRU­ELTY (278 3589).

An Al­bany man was fined more than $6000 and pro­hib­ited from own­ing any an­i­mal for two years af­ter plead­ing guilty to two charges of an­i­mal cru­elty in 2017. IN­SET FROM LEFT: A fish hook stuck in a pel­i­can’s stom­ach — found in Al­bany. A kan­ga­roo was...

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