Animal cruelty shame
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.