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
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).