An­i­mal cru­elty rises but re­mains low in Alpine Shire

Alpine Observer - - Alpine Alive -

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.

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