Community tip-off sees 87 cats seized from appalling conditions at Brimbank property

Published on 26 October 2023

RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate, in cooperation with Brimbank City Council, executed a warrant late last week and seized 87 cats from appalling conditions at a Brimbank property.

Concerns were raised from a community tip-off, with Inspectors finding more than triple the expected number of cats at the property.

RSPCA Victoria’s Senior Inspector Sarah Gilbert was shocked by the conditions the cats were living in.

“The level of excrement and sanitary provisions in the property was appalling,” Senior Inspector Gilbert said.

“There were high readings of ammonia that required full PPE to be worn, along with faeces and urine covering the floors.”

Of the animals seized, seven were deceased, and nearly 50 required some form of veterinary treatment – some needing treatment immediately.

“Some of the cats have significant eye abnormalities, while others have bacterial infections or respiratory disease, and nearly all require dental treatment,” Senior Inspector Gilbert said.

“It will be a slow process over the next few months as our vets work with each of these animals to provide the care they need.”

As in this case, reports from the community are vital to ensure animal cruelty and neglect are investigated.

The investigation remains ongoing.

It’s an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTAA) to commit an act with the result that unreasonable pain or suffering is caused to the animal. Anyone found guilty of such an act can face fines of up to $48,077.50 or 12 months imprisonment.

Anyone with concerns for the welfare of an animal, aware of illegal breeding, or suspicious animal sales is encouraged to contact RSPCA Victoria on 03 9224 2222 or submit a report at rspcavic.org/cruelty-report/ immediately.

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