Pet own­ers do­ing right

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY GRACE EVANS [email protected] ne­me­

STRATH­BO­GIE Shire has ranked well in new data re­leased by RSPCA, which de­tails lo­cal coun­cil ar­eas for an­i­mals cru­elty re­ports.

The 2017-18 data ranked the shire 66th of Vic­to­ria’s 79 lo­cal coun­cil ar­eas for an­i­mal cru­elty, and 42nd on a per capita (per­son) ba­sis.

This year’s data in­di­cates a drop in re­ports from last year, in which they ranked 60th of 79 coun­cils for an­i­mal cru­elty re­ports.

Over the 12 months RSPCA Vic­to­ria re­ceived 10,642 cru­elty re­ports across the state, which equates to around 29 per day.

Out of the 10,642 re­ported only 31 were con­cerns and re­ports about the wel­fare of an­i­mals in the Strath­bo­gie Shire, which is one re­port for ev­ery 520 res­i­dents liv­ing in the shire, fall­ing be­low the state av­er­age of one re­port per 575 res­i­dents.

Some of­fences re­ported in Strath­bo­gie Shire in­cluded 18 re­ports of an­i­mals with in­suf­fi­cient food, wa­ter or shel­ter (4905 across the state), 13 con- cerns about hy­giene, groom­ing and hous­ing con­di­tions (3212 state-wide) and 15 re­ports of un­der­weight an­i­mals (2704 across Vic­to­ria) .

Mayor Amanda McClaren said coun­cil were pleased to hear there are low lev­els of an­i­mal cru­elty be­ing re­ported in the shire and they thank the ma­jor­ity of our res­i­dents for be­ing re­spon­si­ble pet own­ers.

How­ever, when there are is­sues with an­i­mal cru­elty to- wards pets or live­stock coun­cil are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to con­tact their of­fices on 1800 065 993 im­me­di­ately.

“We will co­or­di­nate with the re­spon­si­ble agency, such as the RSPCA or Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, to in­ves­ti­gate,” Mayor McClaren said.

Coun­cil also pro­vides as­sis­tance to the RSPCA and Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture with in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an­i­mal cru­elty cases and on oc­ca­sion Coun­cil staff pro­vides as­sis­tance with on-site vis­its.

“As a pet or live­stock owner, it is your duty to pro­vide care and at­ten­tion to your an­i­mals to en­sure they are happy, healthy and safe,” Mayor McClaren said.

With an in­flux in pet buy­ing head­ing into the Christ­mas sea­son, An­i­mal Care Euroa Vet Cal­lie Bur­nett said own­ing a pet should al­ways be a well­con­sid­ered de­ci­sion rather than an im­pulse.

Dr Bur­nett said it’s im­por­tant to recog­nise that dogs and cats can live any­where from 12-20 years of age.

“Whilst your life­style may change through­out their life­time it is im­por­tant that they still re­ceive the care and at­ten­tion they need,” Dr Bur­nett said.

“Proper nu­tri­tion and ex­er­cise is also vi­tal for your pets over­all wellbeing.”

Of­fer­ing her ad­vice to those who may think an an­i­mal is in dan­ger Dr Bur­nett said any con­cerns can be raised with the lo­cal shire ranger, RSPCA or your lo­cal vet, who can then point you to ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels.

“Your con­cerns can re­main anony­mous and it may go a long way to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the an­i­mal’s life,” Dr Bur­nett said.

OPEN ARMS: Dr Cal­lie Bur­nett show­ing some love to a pooch, while out and about giv­ing vac­ci­na­tions.

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