14 Feb 2013

The RSPCA is at breaking point and urgently needs financial support from the community after several major animal rescue operations since Christmas.

On Tuesday 12 February, RSPCA Inspectors raided a property they had been monitoring and seized 70 animals including dogs and puppies, a goat, horses, sheep, a lamb and several birds.

Then on Thursday, RSPCA conducted a raid on a separate property, and brought back nearly 100 animals, made up mostly of poultry and goats. 

“The RSPCA is currently experiencing a crisis, after an additional 250 sick, injured and neglected animals have come into RSPCA’s Malaga Care Centre since Christmas,” RSPCA CEO David van Ooran said.

This takes the number of animals in RSPCA’s care to more than 400 since the beginning of December. The normal capacity of RSPCA Care Centre in Malaga is 170 animals. RSPCA Inspectors also conducted a raid on a suburban Perth property and seized more than 130 animals in early December.

All of the animals are currently undergoing veterinary treatment, and emergency accommodation on site has been organised thanks largely to the support of local businesses.

“We urgently need financial assistance from the public. The unprecedented seizures and surrenders over the last two months are costing the RSPCA an additional $2300 a day,” Mr van Ooran said.

“RSPCA is a community-based organisation and 94% of its funding comes directly from the local community. We are committed to doing what it can to continue looking after the welfare of animals in Western Australia and we are asking people to dig deep to help us through this crisis.” Mr van Ooran said.

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