In a joint investigation with the Department for Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), RSPCA WA is seeking information following the discovery of a critically injured kangaroo in the State’s south, which appears to have been tortured in a sickening act of animal cruelty.

A member of the public discovered the kangaroo still breathing and conscious on the ground in an area west of Albany early last week. The kangaroo had been partially skinned and disemboweled; its front leg also seriously injured.

RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift described the act as ‘deeply disturbing and barbaric’, and is calling on the community to help find the person responsible.

“I am deeply concerned by the level of violence and suffering this poor innocent animal appears to have been subjected to,” Ms Swift said.

“This animal appears to have not only been savagely attacked, which in itself is extremely distressing; it was then left to succumb to its injuries, and die a slow and painful death,” she added.

“At this stage we think the kangaroo may have initially become incapacitated by injuring its leg, before someone has taken advantage of its inability to get away or defend itself and carried out these torturous acts,” Ms Swift explained.

“I am very worried about the safety of other animals in the area if the person who did this isn’t apprehended quickly, so if anyone knows anything about this incident, I urge you to report it as a matter of urgency,” Ms Swift continued.

“We know from reports that cruelty to wildlife is prevalent in WA and people might think they’re not accountable to animal welfare laws, but they are. Earlier this year, a man was handed a jail sentence for bashing a kangaroo to death in Bunbury,” Ms Swift said.

Last month, RSPCA WA launched 20for20, the biggest appeal of its 125-year history, 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.

To donate to RSPCA WA’s 20for20 Appeal and help put a stop to animal cruelty in WA, go to All donations over $2 are tax deductible. 

Last week RSPCA WA appealed to the WA public to help solve three other disturbing cases of animal cruelty in Western Australia. 

In less than 24 hours of the appeal going out, RSPCA WA received a number of new leads which are being followed up.

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).

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