1,613 suburbs had at least one animal welfare complaint reported in 2021. 51 of those had over 50 animal welfare reports made to RSPCA Queensland.
Unfortunately, Caboolture continues to lead the list with 193 animal welfare complaints in 2021, an 8% increase. Morayfield follows with 140 along with Redbank Plains, both continuing similar trends. Despite Inala’s complaints dropping in 2020 by 37%, the suburb had 129 reports made to the RSPCA last year, a 60% increase.
“While some suburbs have seen a reduction in cruelty complaints compared to last year, there is still more work to be done. This year we will increase our focus on supporting communities in complaint hotspot suburbs. Through community outreach programs, we aim to address the root causes of animal welfare issues through education and support with primary pet care needs and services,” Ms Lagoon says.
Despite having over 50 welfare complaints, Kallangur, Pimpama and Brassall have seen 37% to 38% reductions in complaints last year which is promising for animals in those suburbs.
Suburbs with over 50 cruelty complaints that have had marked increases include Newtown and Wynnum. Newtown had just four welfare complaints in 2020 up to 85 last year. Wynnum has also seen a spike with 55 welfare reports this year compared to 27 complaints in 2020.
“We hope that increased reports to our team about welfare concerns also means people are becoming savvier and more proactive in their suburbs and notifying our 1300 ANIMAL hotline when they have concerns,” Ms Lagoon says.
How did your suburb stack up? Check out our interactive Google Map to see how many complaints were received from your suburb and how things look around the state. Simply zoom in and click on the suburb pins to see the total number of cruelty cases for each area.