RSPCA WA’S ANIMAL CRIMESTOPPERS – UNSOLVED CRUELTY CASES NEED PUBLIC HELP

RSPCA WA’S ANIMAL CRIMESTOPPERS – UNSOLVED CRUELTY CASES NEED PUBLIC HELP

RSPCA WA is appealing to the WA public for assistance in solving several disturbing acts of animal cruelty that occurred in the last eighteen months, with the perpetrators still at large and yet to be held accountable for the crimes they have committed.

Despite the widespread publicity surrounding the cases, and the information provided by members of the public at the time, a person of interest could not be identified or located in any investigations that followed.

RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift is hopeful that new information could be the key to cracking these cases and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“I find it very concerning that the people who committed these disgusting acts of cruelty are still walking around our communities, and have not yet been apprehended,” said Ms Swift.

“They could, potentially, be harming other innocent animals; thinking that because they haven’t been caught yet they can get away with it,” Ms Swift added.

“We rely heavily on the WA community to be our eyes and ears on the ground, and to report animal cruelty when they see it or hear about it,” Ms Swift said.

“If anybody does know anything about these cases, even if it seems minor, we urge you to report that information so that we can find the persons responsible and get justice for the animals subjected to these disturbing acts,” Ms Swift continued.

Information relating to any act of animal cruelty should be reported immediately to the RSPCA’s 24-hour Cruelty Hotline (1300 CRUELTY or 1300 278 3589).

 

CASE 1: Footage of a man holding a skinned cat

In August 2016, RSPCA WA received video footage of a man grinning while holding a cat that had been skinned alive. 

The footage was taken on Friday 29 July 2016, and while stills from the video were shared with the public, the man in the video has not yet been identified.

 

 

 

 

CASE 2: Cow shot with an arrow in Lake Clifton

On the morning of Tuesday 26 January 2016, a Lake Clifton resident contacted RSPCA WA after discovering his cow in a state of distress with an arrow in its side. 

The cow has been deliberately shot with an arrow at the property on Old Bunbury Road and sadly had to be euthanised as a result of its injury.

Despite an appeal for information by RSPCA WA the perpetrator has not been found.

 

 

CASE 3: Emaciated puppy found dumped in a bag on a vacant block in Collie

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday 14 June 2016, a Collie resident found a puppy inside a black 

bag that had been dumped on a vacant block of land at the corner of Porter and Baird Street.

They called the local Ranger who collected the emaciated and flea-ridden puppy and took it to a local vet for immediate treatment before handing her over to the RSPCA.

Anyone who was in the area of Porter Street and Baird Street in Collie before 11:50am that day who may have seen something suspicious; or anyone who purchased a puppy from Collie or the surrounding area around this date, is asked to contact the RSPCA.

Last month, RSPCA WA launched the biggest appeal of its 125-year history - 20for20 - calling on every West Australian to chip in $20 to help get 20 Inspectors on WA Roads. At present, it has just 11 Inspectors, responding to between 40 and 50 animal welfare reports every day.  

RSPCA WA’s 11 Inspectors are responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (2002) in Western Australia. This involves responding to and investigating reports of animal cruelty, compiling evidence to support legal proceedings, and prosecuting for animal cruelty offences.

Ms Swift feels strongly that more Inspectors are needed to combat animal cruelty in Western Australia.

“We know from past experience that when we deploy an Inspector to a new area, the cruelty reports for that area go up; that’s because people know there is someone there who can help,” Ms Swift said.

“We’re very aware that our presence, particularly in regional areas, needs to be greater than it is at present, not only to deter people from committing acts of cruelty; but to enable us to respond more quickly when something is reported,” Ms Swift continued.

Information relating to any act of animal cruelty should be reported immediately to the RSPCA’s 24-hour Cruelty Hotline (1300 CRUELTY or 1300 278 3589).

The maximum penalties for animal cruelty in Western Australia include up to five years in prison, a maximum $50,000 fine, and possible prohibition from contact with animals.

To donate to RSPCA WA’s 20for20 Appeal, go to www.rspca20for20.com.au.
 

Media contact:
Richard Schoonraad  |  Communications Manager
media@rspcawa.asn.au  |  0437 069 853

 
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