Cruel in­ten­tions rise

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessica Nico

AN­I­MAL cru­elty in Cock­burn has jumped, with the RSPCA re­port­ing a 20 per cent in­crease in in­ci­dents be­tween 2017 and 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to the an­i­mal pro­tec­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion’s metropoli­tan data, Cock­burn was ranked ninth in 2017 for an­i­mal cru­elty, with 216 re­ports, with Swan top­ping the list on 650.

How­ever, Cock­burn rose to eighth last year af­ter 260 re­ports were made, again be­hind Swan on 683.

The data comes af­ter the RSPCA WA re­vealed a list of Perth’s an­i­mal cru­elty hot spots, with Bal­divis the sub­urb where most com­plaints had been re­ceived this year to date.

The most com­mon com­plaints re­ceived in the last year in­cluded ill treat­ment of an­i­mals, aban­don­ment, in­suf­fi­cient food and wa­ter, and fail­ure to al­le­vi­ate harm.

There was also an in­crease in calls re­lat­ing to dogs left in hot cars and be­ing trans­ported on the back of utes.

RSPCA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Iain Tor­rance said it was en­cour­ag­ing to see the com­mu­nity re­port­ing cru­elty and giv­ing a voice to abused, ne­glected and mis­treated an­i­mals who could not speak for them­selves.

“In these hot spots where we know cru­elty is preva­lent, RSPCA WA works hard to im­prove stan­dards of an­i­mal wel­fare, but we’re still getting a con­sis­tently high num­ber of calls,” he said.

“But, with more than 50 re­ports flood­ing in ev­ery sin­gle day, the sad truth is we simply can’t get to ev­ery an­i­mal in time.”

Ev­ery day RSPCA WA re­ceives a av­er­age of be­tween 50-60 re­ports of an­i­mals be­ing mis­treated and the over­all num­ber of calls to RSPCA WA is ex­pected to hit about 21,000 this year.

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