APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AS WEEK-OLD PUPPIES FOUND DUMPED IN BUSH
- RSPCA WA is appealing for information following the discovery of 7 one-week-old puppies in bushland near Balingup on Friday (31 March).
- 5 of the puppies were deceased – their injuries consistent with being preyed upon by birds and other bush predators.
- 2 puppies were located alive and taken to Bridgetown Boarding Kennels for attention due to local vet clinics being closed for Good Friday.
- A member of the public was walking their dogs in the area when the dogs began whimpering and alerted their owner to the puppies, which they located scattered across a section of track.
- The 2 puppies received around-the-clock care at Bridgetown Boarding Kennels over the Easter weekend and are now in the care of RSPCA WA.
- Dumping animals is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act (2002) and carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment or a $50,000 fine.
- Anyone with information about this incident or that can help identify the puppies’ owner should contact the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 3589 (1300 CRUELTY).
RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift:
“We’re looking at a very upsetting and unnecessary situation here - five puppies have lost their lives and the other two would have suffered the same fate had this member of the public not stumbled across them when they did.
“Thankfully this person has gone out of their way to take the puppies somewhere safe, and I’d like to personally thank the owners of Bridgetown Boarding Kennels for caring for these young puppies until we could get them to a vet and into our care.
“These puppies were given no chance. Whoever dumped them did so knowing that they would almost certainly die alone in the bush, with no food, no shelter, and completely vulnerable. It’s a miracle that the surviving two were found alive - I’m just so glad that they were.
“Taking week-old puppies away from their Mum is dangerous, but dumping week-old puppies – who can’t even open their eyes let alone fend for themselves - is plain cruelty, and will not be tolerated.
“We’d like to speak with anybody who was in the area of Grimwade Road near Jenkins Street in Balingup in the days leading up to Good Friday who may have noticed someone acting suspiciously. We’d also like to hear from people who know of a dog that has been pregnant recently if they have reason to believe that these puppies could belong to that dog.
“I am confident that someone somewhere knows who is responsible for this, and hopefully, they follow their conscience and share that information with us - because there is no justification for dumping any animal; there are always other options.”