An­i­mal cru­elty rife

Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

BALDIVIS has con­sis­tently ranked in the top three worst sub­urbs for an­i­mal cru­elty re­ports to the RSPCA in the past three years.

The sub­urb ranked third so far this year on the RSPCA cru­elty hotspots with 28 re­ports. Ar­madale is in the top spot with 29 cru­elty re­ports.

Baldivis was sec­ond (87 cru­elty re­ports) in 2017 and the worst sub­urb in 2016 (116 re­ports).

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

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

He said Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2018 had the most cru­elty com­plaints since records be­gan.

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