Pet owners doing right
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.