RSPCA WA has revealed the local government areas, which generated the most animal cruelty reports in 2020.
The City of Wanneroo ranked second with 493 reports behind the City of Swan which recorded 594 reports.
Ranked third was the City of Stirling with 486 reports while the City of Joondalup ranked ninth with 235 reports.
RSPCA WA chief executive officer Ben Cave said a particularly troubling case of neglect from last year was Missy – a 13-year-old maltese in the City of Wanneroo who was seized by inspectors in January.
“She had a long list of issues, which indicated prolonged neglect; Missy was emaciated, her coat was severely matted, her teeth were broken and infected and she had an old injury to her leg, which had been left untreated,” he said.
“Missy’s owner was found guilty of animal cruelty, she received a fine and was banned from having pets for life.
“Missy found an amazing new home with her long-term foster carer Lisa, who says she feels an overwhelming urge to protect Missy for the rest of her days.”
Mr Cave said analysis of the 6620 animal cruelty reports received last year – averaging 18 per day – also revealed the type of offences most commonly reported through the charity’s 24-hour Cruelty Hotline.
Overall, complaints were down from 7022 in 2019 to 6620 in 2020.
He said while any decline in cruelty reporting was a positive and welcome sign, it was disappointing to see reports of ill-treatment remain steady (1 per cent increase) and reports about dogs in hot cars jump 14 per cent, compared with 2019.
In total, 10,271 offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 were reported last year. “Looking at these numbers, it can be easy to feel disheartened, but it’s important to remember that every cruelty report received is a person speaking up and being a voice for animals,” he said.
“Our animals rely on us for everything, so it’s really disappointing to see that so many animals continue to be deprived of the basics, such as food, water, shelter and vet care.
“In these hotspots where we know cruelty is prevalent, RSPCA WA works hard to improve standards of animal welfare, but we’re still getting a consistently high number of calls. “These figures clearly demonstrate a need for further education.
“If you’re struggling to care for your pet, there are always options available – ignoring their suffering is never OK.”