Every year RSPCA Qld’s 19 Inspectors travel well over a million kilometres investigating cases of animal cruelty and neglect. Last year they investigated 15,102 cases which is an increase of 1500 on the year before. Reliable and economic transport is obviously imperative; especially when you consider the charity has an annual operating budget of $30 million and receives less than one percent of this in Government funding.
The Inspectorate is delighted that Isuzu Utes has generously decided to sponsor the Inspectorate vehicles in a partnership worth in the vicinity of $250,000 over three years. The company has supplied Isuzu DMax Utes for the 19 Inspectors and these fuel efficient utes are expected to significantly reduce the RSPCA’s annual fuel costs.
“Isuzu UTE Australia recognises the outstanding service RSPCA and their staff provide the community, we are proud to be able to call ourselves partners and are glad we can assist their inspectors with the large and difficult task they face daily,” said Deputy managing Director Takeshi Kasahara.
“We’re very grateful,” said RSPCA Qld’s Chief Inspector of Operations Daniel Young. “These vehicles are terrific in the often difficult terrain we’re required to operate in.”
Townsville Inspector Frank Bebernitz investigated 873 complaints during the last financial year and said the rescue of a dog he named Cranberry found at Major’s Creek had given him a real sense of satisfaction.
“I don’t know whether he’d been dumped or ran off but he was in a really bad way, He was emaciated, had dehydration and an infection behind his left eye. He was treated at the local RSPCA Animal Care Centre and is now in foster care and doing really well!”