RSPCA Victoria is appealing for information about a suspected dog baiting incident in Bendigo and is reminding dog owners and the broader community to be vigilant and on the lookout for additional poisonous baits.
This week, RSPCA Victoria received a cruelty report relating to an alleged dog baiting incident which occurred along the Bendigo Creek Trail, toward the Buckland Street entrance.
RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate Team Leader, Karen Collier said the deliberate act of cruelty is unacceptable.
“Animals that ingest poisonous baits suffer significantly and this type of malicious act of cruelty can result in death. We are pleading for the public’s help to identify the person responsible so that we can protect dogs and other animals in the Bendigo area and beyond.
“It is an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to intentionally administer or lay bait for an animal that contains a poison or substance that has a harmful effect.
“Baiting incidents that result in the death of an animal, attract penalties of up to 250 penalty units which equate to $46,230, or 12-months imprisonment.
“We would like to hear from anyone who has information about this incident or can help identify anyone involved,” said RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate Team Leader, Karen Collier.
RSPCA Victoria urges anyone who suspects or knows their dog, or any other animal has eaten a poisonous bait, to contact the nearest veterinarian immediately. Do not delay action or wait to see if animals exhibit symptoms.
Anyone with information about this incident, or who has concerns for the welfare of an animal, is encouraged to contact RSPCA Victoria on 9224 2222 or at rspcavic.org immediately.