Animal cruelty rises but remains low in Alpine Shire
THE latest statistics from RSPCA Victoria have revealed 16 reports of animal cruelty in the Alpine Shire for 2017/18.
The figure was a 33 per cent increase on the year before when there were 15 animal cruelty offences, however, the number was still one of the lowest in the state when compared with the other 78 local government areas.
The RSPCA’s state-wide animal cruelty data revealed there were 10,642 animal cruelty reports in 2017/18, an increase of almost 500 reports compared to 10,180 the previous year.
RSPCA Victoria chief executive officer Dr Liz Walker said it was disappointing that issues in providing the most basic standards of living for animals had risen for the third straight year to make up the highest proportion of reported offences.
“It breaks our hearts to see our inspectors and vets attend to so many animals that are severely malnourished and ill, who clearly haven’t been shown even the most basic level of care,” Dr Walker said.
“These statistics reflect that there is still a lot of important work that needs to be done to educate Victorians and improve animal welfare in our communities.”
In total there were 18,098 individual offences for 2017/18 with 4905 instances where animals were not provided sufficient food, water or shelter.
Concerns about hygiene, grooming and housing conditions accounted for 3212 incidents while there were 2704 reports of underweight animals.
Cases of sick and injured animals failing to receive veterinary treatment totalled 2412, with 1198 concerns about animals being beaten or wounded and 1245 abandoned animal cases.
Dr Walker said many of the 10,642 reports received by RSPCA Victoria in 2017-18 included allegations of several offences involving multiple animals.
She commended the work of RSPCA Victoria inspectors, and said that the number of ‘notices to comply’ issued, charges laid and successful finalised prosecutions increased significantly.
“These numbers reflect the immense amount of work done by our dedicated inspectors and prosecution team to see so many charges laid and successful prosecutions completed in the last year,” Dr Walker said.
RSPCA Victoria inspectors issued 585 notices to comply - an increase of 50.8 per cent on last year - and laid 712 charges with 113 successful prosecutions.
Both were up by 86.4 per cent and 33.7 per cent respectively.
Welfare concerns for dogs, cats and horses continued to make up the majority of animals reported to RSPCA Victoria in 2017/18.