2014 Continues to be a busy year for the RSPCA

2014 Continues to be a busy year for the RSPCA


The RSPCA investigated more than 6100 complaints involving 11,100 animals and prosecuted 28 people of animal cruelty last financial year and the second half of 2014 is continuing to be just as busy. Since the beginning of July 2014, the RSPCA has investigated 3789 complaints involving 5671 animals and prosecuted 19 people of animal cruelty.

Last Friday in the Joondalup Magistrates Court three individuals were convicted of animal cruelty for offenses committed in 2014.

  • Mr Kan of Beldon was fined $7,000 and prohibited for owning an animal for eight years for beating two dogs.
  • Mr Chang of Duncraig was fined $3,000 fine and prohibited for owning an animal for eight years for confining a dog to a garage for months and not seeking the care the dog required.
  • Mr Pickett of Banksia Grove was fined $5,000 and prohibited from owning an animal for 10 years for failing to provide a dog with food and water.

RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said animal cruelty was the forefront of the RSPCA’s work and a lot of what we achieve is thanks to a proactive community.

“All three convictions were the result of people taking action when they saw an animal being treated badly and reporting it to the RSPCA call centre.

“If people notify us, we can investigate and in a lot of cases we will work with the owner so they can care for their animals properly.

“The RSPCA will not tolerate people who neglect, abuse or are cruel to animals, we will prosecute to get justice for the animals,” Ms Swift said.

To report incidents of cruelty call the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 3589

FAST FACTS

  • In the 13/14 financial year, RSPCA WA received over 20,000 calls and investigated over 6,100 reports of animal cruelty
  • RSPCA WA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has been a voice for animals in Western Australia for over 120 years
  • RSPCA is a charity and relies on fundraising activities for 94% of its funding.
  • RSPCA upholds five freedoms for animals and believes all animals deserve freedom from: hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury and disease and also from fear and distress.