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The City of Swan leads metropolitan councils in the reporting of animal cruelty.

Swan tops list of animal cruelty hotspots

FIGURES from the RSPCA have shown residents in the City of Swan are leading the way in an area they would rather not – animal cruelty.

Released last week, the statistics show that in 2016 residents within the City of Swan called RSPCA WA’s animal cruelty hotline 641 times, far ahead of the cities of Rockingham (506), Stirling (504) and Wanneroo (478).

That trend continued in 2017, with the City of Swan (650) again topping Wanneroo (501), Rockingham (440) and Stirling (439).

By suburb, Midland and Ellenbrook feature prominently, with Ellenbrook residents calling the hotline 66 times in 2016 and Midland residents 60, while in 2017 Ellenbrook increased to 79 while Midland remained at 60.

In the year to date, Midland tops the list of calls to the hotline with 29 and Ellenbrook remains in the top ten with 21.

The most common complaints include ill-treatment of animals, abandonment, insufficient food and water and dogs let in hot cars.

RSPCA WA CEO David van Ooren said the RSPCA WA was working in the top-ranking areas to improve standards.

“We’re still getting consistently high number of calls,” he said.

“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.

“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 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 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.”

“City of Swan CEO Mike Foley said the City actively promoted responsible pet ownership.

“While the City acknowledges the recent statistics are unfortunate, they also show that our residents are keeping a watchful eye over the animals in need throughout our community,” he said.

“We encourage all our community members to remain vigilant and take time to report cruelty where they see it happening.

“Your vigilance could save the life of a neglected, abused or abandoned animal.

“Our primary responsibility with animals is in the administration and enforcement of the Cat Act 2011 and the Dog Act 1976.

“We do not have any jurisdiction in the investigation or prosecution of animal cruelty complaints.

“We receive reports of animal cruelty, and work closely with the RSPCA to refer matters to their attention.

“If you have witnessed animal cruelty, report it to the RSPCA by calling 1300 CRUELTY or via their online form.

“You can also contact the City who will refer the matter to the RSPCA for investigation.”

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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