RSPCA WA ON THE LOOK OUT FOR CRAIGIE CAT ATTACKER
RSPCA WA is calling for information from the public after a domestic cat was shot in the Craigie area about six weeks ago.
The owners of the Birman cat initially believed their pet had a grass seed lodged in its chest, until weeks later when the cat fell seriously ill. The cat was immediately taken to the Belrigde Veterinary Centre, where it was discovered to have a punctured lung suspected to have been caused by a projectile from a BB-gun or air rifle.
Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said RSPCA WA was appalled by this apparent abhorrent act of animal cruelty. “We have begun investigations to track the cause of this callous incident including those responsible. The maximum sentence for cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 is $50,000 fine or five years imprisonment.
“Although this is understood to have taken place about six weeks ago, if you did see something which could assist our investigations of this incident, please contact RSPCA WA on 1300 278 3589.”
RSPCA WA relies on donations and community support to generate more than 90% of the funds required to sustain its animal protection work, as only six percent is covered by a grant from the State Government.