23 July 2021

RSPCA WA is shocked by a recent spate of cruelty towards cats, with steel-jaw traps, paint and a metal spike reportedly used to target pets in Perth’s northern suburbs.  

The animal welfare charity has recorded a 30 per cent surge in calls about cruelty to cats and kittens over the past three months, compared to the same period in 2020.

Last week, RSPCA WA responded to a call about a cat found trapped in a fence in West Swan with a steel-jaw trap attached to his leg.

The distressed animal was found by a passer-by and rushed to the vet, where it was found his leg was beyond repair and would need to be amputated. Thankfully, the cat was microchipped and the owner was able to be located. The cat is now recovering at home.

Meanwhile, RSPCA WA continues to investigate four concerning cases involving cats from recent weeks.

In Quinns Rocks, two pet cats from the same street may have been targeted, after returning home covered in blue paint.

In Bassendean in May, a deceased cat was found impaled with a thin metal spike, while another needed a toe amputated, after coming home with a steel-jaw trap on her leg.  

RSPCA case cat painted with a blue substance RSPCA case cat

RSPCA WA Executive Manager Animal and Enforcement Operations Hannah Dreaver said, sadly, cruelty towards cats was not uncommon, but that these recent reports were particularly concerning.

'These cases definitely stand out as being unusual and – if intended to target pets – they are incredibly callous.

'We are aware that roaming cats can be a concern for neighbours, and RSPCA advocates for cat containment, but there is absolutely no excuse for intentional cruelty.

'These cats were completely defenceless, and there’s no doubt they suffered considerably – not just physically, but mentally.

'I’d urge anyone with information about what happened to these cats to report it to RSPCA WA online or by calling the cruelty hotline.'

Ms Dreaver said possession of steel-jaw traps was legal in WA, but that it was an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 to use or set them. Penalties include a fine of up to $50,000 and imprisonment for up to 5 years.

Report cruelty 24/7 on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358) or online here.