RSPCA WA Inspector Assault
A RSPCA WA Inspector was treated at Armadale Hospital for injuries suffered after an alleged assault while responding to an animal cruelty report in Cardup yesterday afternoon.
The Inspector was attending the property in response to a report that a dog had been strung up in a barn. When RSPCA WA Inspectors arrived at the property, it is alleged they were prevented from entering and the occupants became abusive and aggressive. A scuffle broke out and one Inspector was allegedly punched in the face.
The Inspectors are working with WA Police to file a formal complaint against the alleged attacker. If found guilty he could spend time in jail for assaulting a public officer.
The Inspector was treated for lacerations to his face at Armadale Hospital and was released.
“Our Inspectors face difficult situations on a daily basis, in response to reports of unspeakable cruelty inflicted on defenseless animals. RSPCA WA has just 11 inspectors on the road covering the whole state. While their training prepares them for potentially volatile situations, it is unacceptable that they are assaulted in the line of duty,” said RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift.
“However, that should not deter people from reporting acts of animal cruelty and neglect. Together we can ensure these people are held to account,” Chief Inspector Swift continued.
RSPCA WA encourages anyone who witnesses animal cruelty to report it immediately to the RSPCA Cruelty Line on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).
Richard Schoonraad | Communications Manager
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