An­i­mal cru­elty shame

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page - Lisa Thomas

AR­MADALE has been named the worst sub­urb for an­i­mal cru­elty in the met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion, with the most cru­elty re­ports for 2017.

The sub­urb is also sit­ting on top spot for 2018, with 29 cru­elty re­ports made this year so far.

The RSPCA re­ceived 102 cru­elty re­ports last year in Ar­madale, over­tak­ing Bal­divis, ranked as the worst sub­urb for 2016.

Ar­madale was ranked the sec­ond-worst sub­urb in 2016, with 97 re­ports of cru­elty.

RSPCA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive David van Oo­ran said the na­ture of cru­elty com­plaints changed slightly in each sub­urb but there were com­mon com­plaints be­ing re­ported across WA.

“The most com­mon cru­elty com­plaints re­ceived across the state last year in­cluded ill treat­ment of an­i­mals (eg kick­ing an an­i­mal), aban­don­ment, in­suf­fi­cient food and wa­ter, and dogs in hot cars,” he said.

“While dogs in hot cars is generally a sum­mer com­plaint, it is quite alarm­ing that enough com­plaints have been re­ceived that it has shown up as the fourth­high­est num­ber of com­plaints across the state for the whole year.

“Fail­ure to al­le­vi­ate harm, which could be some­one fail­ing to take their sick or in­jured pet to the vet, was also one of the top five high­est com­plaints re­ceived.

“In some cases we know peo­ple might be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial hard­ship and can’t af­ford vet care, but in more dis­turb­ing cases peo­ple have sim­ply ig­nored their pet’s suf­fer­ing.”

Bal­divis was ranked as the sec­ond-worst sub­urb for 2017 with 87 cru­elty re­ports, while El­len­brook came in third with 79.

The City of Swan was ranked the worst Shire, Town or City for 2016 and 2017, with re­ports on the rise, while City of Wan­neroo came in sec­ond and Rock­ing­ham third.

Mr van Oo­ran said it was dis­turb­ing the first four months of 2018 were track­ing above 2017.

He said Perth sub­urbs were break­ing records for the wrong rea­sons, with Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2018 hav­ing the most cru­elty com­plaints since records be­gan.

“This is not good enough; we need to put a stop to an­i­mal cru­elty and we need more in­spec­tors on the roads,” he said.

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