No excuses! Some of the worst cases ever!

Rescue Dogs Animal Welfare Queensland Law RSPCA Inspectors Posted May 19, 2021
A spate of dog seizures have left RSPCA Qld Inspectors shattered.

One dog and five pups were seized in Cairns, another two dogs in Toowoomba and one in Brisbane. 

Sadly we are often forced to take in animals that have been severely neglected but these recent cases have been particularly disturbing,” said RSPCA Qld Chief Inspector Daniel Young. “The dogs are emaciated and all have come in within a week. We’re not sure what’s going on but it’s a statewide issue.”

Emaciated Dogs Seized

Emaciated Dogs Seized

The RSPCA is urging anyone who sees an animal that needs help to report it to them not put it on social media. This can lead to a social media storm and ultimately this can harm the very animal they’re trying to help. How media and social media can have a direct impact in animal cruelty cases

RSPCA Inspectors only need one complaint to investigate concerns, and only first –hand information is helpful. Any social media posts encouraging ‘mass reporting’ simply waste resources and don’t help animals.

Emaciated Dogs Seized

“Failure to provide adequate food, water and shelter is an offence and carries a maximum term of imprisonment of one year and a fine of over $30,000. If you are feeding your animal and it is still losing condition you need to take it to a vet.”

“In a recent case, someone who wasn’t the original complainant, published photos and the address of a person we were already investigating. Because of this the person fled the property with the animal and we’re now trying to track them down. When people form social media lynch mobs, encouraging people to take the law into their own hands, it can have a major impact on the penalties handed down when offenders go before the court. Magistrates can reduce the penalty because they believe they have already been punished, or are likely to be further punished, by embarrassment and harassment in the public arena.”

Emaciated Dogs Seized

RSPCA Qld Inspectors investigate over 18,000 cases of animal cruelty and neglect every year

RSPCA Qld takes care of all cruelty, neglect and abandonment complaints of companion and farm animals, as well as reports of wildlife injuries.

Report a Cruelty Case via our Cruelty Hotline: 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) or 1300 852 188 (best approach when animal is seriously injured, ill or trapped and requires URGENT attention).

Report a Cruelty Case online: Please complete our online Cruelty Form (best approach when animal is injured, sick or neglected and requires attention, but it's NOT an emergency).

For all other enquiries please contact (07) 3426 9999

Michael Beatty
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