Animal Cruelty Cases On The Rise, Inala At Top 3

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“Obviously it’s not good news,” is what RSPCA QLD had to say about the state’s rising cases of animal cruelty, which sadly lists Inala as having the third most number of complaints in 2019.

There were a total of 18,692 complaints about animal cruelty and neglect recorded in 2019. RSPCA QLD said that the figures are disappointing, considering that it’s almost eight hundred more compared to the previous year. 

“You want the numbers to be decreasing not rising,” RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty said.   

“Our Inspectors are already operating under an enormous workload.”

Caboolture was once again the top animal cruelty hotspot with over 200 complaints in 2019, followed by Redbank Plains with 141 and Inala with 126. 

The majority, or 68 percent, of suburbs had less than 10 complaints whilst a total of 1,749 suburbs had at least one recorded animal cruelty case and 54 suburbs recorded  more than 50 complaints.

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A total of 335 cases, RSPCA QLD said, already went before the courts with charges laid under the Animal Care and Protection Act.

2019 RSPCA QLD Cruelty Complaints Map

*Click on the pins to reveal the total number of animal cruelty cases

The top animal cruelty complaints received by RSPCA QLD include issues such as animals with insufficient food and water; poor living conditions; animals being tethered and not receiving exercise; abandonment; injuries not being treated; and animals looking in poor condition.

RSPCA QLD added that nearly 1,000 calls were received regarding heat stress, which means either the animal was left in a hot car or it couldn’t reach shade and water in the yard.

For any animal welfare concerns, you can call 1300 ANIMAL (264 625) or lodge a complaint here