RSPCA WA Reveals Cruelty Hot Spots

RSPCA WA Reveals Cruelty Hot Spots

In support of RSPCA WA’s ground-breaking 20for20 campaign launched last week, the charity has revealed the suburbs in Perth where the highest number of animal cruelty reports are being received.

Just four months in to 2018, the figures demonstrate the real need for more animal welfare Inspectors as the charity reaches out to households to chip in $20 to help improve coverage across the state to respond to calls.

Figures from RSPCA WA’s Cruelty Hotline reveal the top cruelty hot spots around the metro and regional areas, with several suburbs recording high numbers of cruelty for the third year in a row.

RSPCA WA receives between 40-50 cruelty reports a day, and last year, they investigated nearly 6,000 cases.

METROPOLITAN STATISTICS

For the 2017 calendar year, Armadale with a total of 102 cruelty reports for the year, overtook the top spot from Baldivis in 2016. 

Up to April 30, 2018, Midland, Armadale and Baldivis are all neck and neck for the top spot with Armadale and Baldivis both being top two for the prior two years.

Top 10 Metropolitan Cruelty Hot Spots by Post Code (Calendar Year)

SUBURB

2016

 

SUBURB

2017

 

SUBURB

2018 YTD

Baldivis

116

 

Armadale

102

 

Midland

29

Armadale

97

 

Baldivis

87

 

Armadale

29

Mandurah

74

 

Ellenbrook

79

 

Baldivis

28

Ellenbrook

66

 

Gosnells

64

 

Balga

25

Rockingham

62

 

Midland

60

 

Ellenbrook

21

Midland

60

 

Byford

57

 

Mandurah

21

Gosnells

57

 

Rockingham

55

 

Rockingham

20

Byford

50

 

Mandurah

54

 

Morley

17

Morley

50

 

Maddington

51

 

Kelmscott

17

Thornlie

47

 

Balga

46

 

Thornlie

16

 

 

 

 


Top 10 Metropolitan Cruelty Hot Spots by Local Government Area (Calendar Year)

CITY / SHIRE / TOWN

2016

RANK

CITY / SHIRE / TOWN

2017

Swan City

641

1

Swan City

650

Rockingham City

506

2

Wanneroo City

501

Stirling City

504

3

Rockingham City

440

Wanneroo City

478

4

Stirling City

439

Gosnells City

405

5

Gosnells City

361

Armadale City

387

6

Armadale City

346

Mandurah City

278

7

Mandurah City

294

Cockburn City

244

8

Joondalup City

224

Joondalup City

223

9

Cockburn City

216

Belmont City

209

10

Belmont City

185

The Perth Metropolitan area and outlying rural regions are covered by seven Inspectors. 

REGIONAL STATISTICS

In regional WA, there has also been change at the top of the list, with Albany, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder occupying the top three positions. There are four Inspectors covering regional WA, based in Geraldton, Albany, Kalgoorlie and the South West. RSPCA WA is currently recruiting for a new Inspector in Broome.

Top 10 Regional Cruelty Hot Spots by Local Government Area (Calendar Year)

CITY / SHIRE / TOWN

2016

RANK

CITY / SHIRE / TOWN

2017

Kalgoorlie-Boulder City

202

1

Albany City

187

Albany City

182

2

Geraldton City

186

Geraldton City

177

3

Kalgoorlie-Boulder City

169

Bunbury City

143

4

Bunbury City

163

Harvey Shire

122

5

Harvey Shire

92

Busselton shire

101

6

Greenough Shire

88

Greenough Shire

87

7

Busselton shire

62

Collie Shire

49

8

Collie Shire

55

Esperance Shire

42

9

Capel Shire

54

Dardanup Shire

41

10

Dardanup Shire

45

 

CRUELTY COMPLAINTS RECEIVED

The nature of cruelty complaints received changes slightly in each post code but there are common complaints being reported regularly across the state. 

The most common cruelty complaints received across the state last year included ill treatment of animals (e.g. kicking an animal), abandonment, insufficient food and water, and dogs in hot cars. 

While dogs in hot cars is generally a summer complaint, it is quite alarming that enough complaints have been received that is has shown up as the fourth highest number of complaints across the state for the whole year.

Failure to alleviate harm, which could be someone failing to take their sick or injured pet to the vet, was also one of the top five highest complaints received. In some cases, we know people might be experiencing financial hardship and can’t afford vet care, but in other more disturbing cases, people have simply ignored their pet’s suffering.

 

Comments attributed to RSPCA WA CEO David van Ooran:

“There are certain hot spots where we know cruelty is prevalent. We’ve been working in these areas to improve standards of animal welfare, but we’re still getting consistently high number of calls. 

“It is good to know that the community are embracing their responsibility as our eyes and ears out there – reporting cruelty where they see it happening and helping us to rescue animals in need.

“In regional areas, Inspectors cover vast regions, and the reports we receive are mainly based around the cities and towns near to where they’re stationed. When we place an Inspector in a region, the number of cruelty reports for that area go up because people know they can depend on us for help. 

“But we know there are more animals in need out there that we simply can’t reach. We do still respond to reports in areas where Inspectors are not placed by seeking assistance from the local police or shire rangers however we know that there are so many more incidents going unreported. It is still really important that you call us, even if we don’t have an active presence in the area. 

“We desperately need more inspectors throughout WA as we currently have just 12 and we are aware of cruelty happening in locations where we can’t get to.

With more Inspectors on the roads, we can rescue more animals. It’s that simple.”

Donations can be made to RSPCA WA via www.rspca20for20.com.au.

 

 

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