Animal Cruelty Cases On The Rise, Inala At Top 3

“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.

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

Forest Lake is Top Suburb for Animal Adoption

In its annual report, RSPCA QLD revealed that its Clear the Shelters campaign in 2018 managed to help 1,024 animals find new homes, and among the best suburbs for animal adoption, Forest Lake is at the top of the list.

In their 2017/2018 annual report, RSPCA Queensland stated that their Brisbane Showgrounds and Brisbane Convention Centre pop-up adoption events resulted in the adoption of 439 and 320 animals for each year, respectively. On the other hand, Clear the Shelters Campaign, a three-day national animal adoption event that made animals available to adapt at $29, rehomed 1,024 animals. Overall, a total 18,339 animals have been adopted, 7,716 were fostered, and care centres were 90 percent cleared.

As for the suburbs with the most number of adoptions, Gympie, Kingaroy, Redlands Plains, and Narangba joins top-ranked Forest Lake. On the other hand, there have been 17,929 animal cruelty complaints investigated and 107 people charged. Of the total reported cases, Caboolture had the most number.

Video Credit: RSPCA Queensland / YouTube

RSPCA Queensland also reported that over 56,000 animals were taken under its care. Its call centre responded to 354,941 customer contacts and over 31,695 call-outs for sick and injured animals were responded to by their Animal Ambulance.

Photo Credit: RSPCA Queensland / YouTube

Animal Welfare Complaint

The Queensland Government website suggests making an animal welfare complaint if anyone suspects that an animal:

  • is at immediate risk of death or injury, such as locked in a hot car or bogged
  • is not being cared for properly
  • is being treated cruelly (i.e. beaten, kicked or otherwise abused)
  • has been deliberately abandoned
  • is being used in an illegal activity where it will suffer, such as a cockfight or dogfight
  • is being deliberately baited or poisoned (other than for officially declared feral or pest animal control)
  • is sick or injured and is not being treated
  • is not getting appropriate feed or water and is suffering
  • is not being given an appropriate place to live with regard to its age, breed or size.

RCPA Queensland is responsible for handling animal welfare complaints about hobby farm and pets. For complaints concerning commercial livestock and those outside major RSPCA centre locations, concerned locals may contact the Biosecurity Queensland (DAF) or the local police, for urgent concerns.