Cruel intentions rise
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.