Few re­ports of any an­i­mal cru­elty in Mans­field Shire

Ma­jor­ity of com­plaints to RSPCA around wel­fare of dogs, horses Govern­ment will hon­our its $1.3m road elec­tion prom­ise, says McGowan

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS - By RHYLL McCORMACK

THERE were just 37 re­ports of an­i­mal cru­elty in the Mans­field area lodged with the RSPCA over the past 12 months, mak­ing it one of the best per­form­ing ar­eas in the state.

Al­most 12,000 cru­elty re­ports were lodged with RSPCA Vic­to­ria for the 2015/2016 year, with the Casey City Coun­cil – Narre War­ren area – re­port­ing the most cases, with 566 com­plaints re­ceived in the 12 month pe­riod.

Lo­cally, 19 cases were re­sponded to in re­la­tion to dogs, and two cases were reported re­gard­ing pup­pies.

Eight reported cases re­lated to horses, and three re­lated to cats and kit­tens.

A $1.3 mil­lion road fund­ing com­mit­ment to Mans­field Shire an­nounced dur­ing this year’s fed­eral elec­tion will be hon­oured, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal In­de­pen­dent Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi).

Ms McGowan said on Mon­day that she had se­cured a com­mit­ment from Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port, Dar­ren Ch­ester, to hon­our all road fund­ing an­nounced for the elec­torate dur­ing the elec­tion.

While more than $17 mil­lion was promised across the Indi elec­torate, Mans­field’s in­ter­est lies in a $1.3m com­mit­ment to the shire un­der the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s Black Spot Pro­gram.

Of the cases RSPCA in­ves­ti­gated, the largest con­cern was about the hy­giene, groom­ing and hous­ing con­di­tions of the an­i­mals, with 17 re­ports of an­i­mals ap­pear­ing to be un­der­weight.

There were eight re­ports of an­i­mals with in­suf­fi­cient food, four with in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter and an­other four with in­suf­fi­cient shel­ter.

Over­all though, the re­sult was an im­pres­sive one for the shire.

“It’s pleas­ing to see such a low num­ber of reported cases of an­i­mal cru­elty be­ing reg­is­tered for Mans­field, es­pe­cially given the high num­ber of ab­sen­tee landown­ers in the Shire,” said Mans­field Shire Coun­cil de­vel­op­ment ser­vices man­ager, Michael Bis­mire.

The Mans­field Courier reported back in early June that Min­is­ter Ch­ester’s had an­nounced the com­mit­ment, which was wel­comed at the time by po­lit­i­cal ad­ver­saries Ms McGowan, Lib­er­als’ can­di­date So­phie Mirabella and Na­tion­als can­di­date Marty Cor­boy.

Mans­field Shire Coun­cil also wel­comed the an­nounce­ment back in June, not­ing that part of the fund­ing was for a by­pass to take heavy ve­hi­cles out­side the CBD and help im­prove traf­fic safety in the Mans­field town cen­tre.

It is un­der­stood Mans­field will re­ceive $700,000 for the heavy ve­hi­cle by­pass (Withers

“Coun­cil main­tains an ex­cell ent work­ing r ela­tion­ship with the RSPCA re­gional of­fi­cer and our rangers of­ten un­der­take the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into reported cases and any f oll ow up calls t hat may be re­quired t o en­sure the best out­come for the an­i­mals con­cerned.

“In ad­di­tion, lo­cal vets are very proac­tive in their pro­mo­tion of an­i­mal care for both do­mes­tic and farm an­i­mals and this in­creases aware­ness of the needs of an­i­mals.”

Mr Bis­mire said the coun­cil’s rangers also played a role in an­i­mal man­age­ment, of­ten pro­vid­ing ad­vice, guid­ance and lit­er­a­ture re­lat­ing to health care and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of pet own­er­ship. – Dead Horse Lane), $303,000 for im­prove­ments to the Eil­don Jamieson Road, Jerusalem Creek Track to 12km south at Eil­don (fund­ing to be man­aged through Mur­rindindi Shire) and a fur­ther $301,000 for im­prove­ments to the Eil­don Jamieson Road from Old Eil­don Road to 26.5km south at Jamieson.

Bon­nie Doon will have two projects funded un­der the pro­gram in­clud­ing $33,000 for Sonnberg Drive (be­tween Hilda Court and Main­ton­goon Road) and $13,000 for im­prove­ments to a sec­tion of Hutchin­son’s Road from Nanda Court to James Street.

RSCPA Vic­to­ria chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Liz Walker, said the ul­ti­mate goal was to elim­i­nate all cru­elty to an­i­mal cases.

“Over the next 12 months, we will be us­ing this data to help us iden­tify the ar­eas that would ben­e­fit most from com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port,” she said.

“RSPCA Vic­to­ria wants to part­ner with com­mu­ni­ties to find prac­ti­cal ways to boost an­i­mal wel­fare by im­prov­ing lo­cal knowl­edge and sup­port for an­i­mal own­ers, and will con­tinue to en­force the law and re­ha­bil­i­tate those an­i­mals who have suf­fered harm.”

For more in­for­ma­tion you can go the RSCPA web­site at www. rsp­cavic.org.

SAFER ROADS: The road fund­ing was an­nounced back in June, and was wel­comed by Lib­eral can­di­date for Indi So­phie Mirabella (pic­tured at the heavy ve­hi­cles by­pass at Withers Lane) and (inset) Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi).

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