Nearly 50 animals seized from Wyndham property

Published on 5 February 2024

RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate have executed a warrant, with support of Wyndham City Council Officers, and seized 48 cats and one dog from a single Wyndham property.

Inspectors attended the property after a tip-off from a member of the community and on arrival they found many animals suffering from ringworm, cat flu and one dog was being underweight with a severe skin condition.

RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate Team Leader South West Region, Belinda Dent, said this was a particularly sad case.

“The situation with these animals was completely unacceptable,” Team Leader Dent said.

“When our Inspectors arrived at the property cats were running out of the roof through a missing tile and were spread out both within the property and extensively underneath it.

“In addition to unsanitary living conditions, the owner has also been unable to provide the necessary veterinary care for the majority of these animals with many suffering from a variety of conditions.

“Pet owners are required to ensure they provide a clean and sanitary environment and meet all the legal obligations that come with responsible pet ownership including providing necessary veterinary attention.

“It’s also vitally important to consider the number of animals you can legally own and are able to provide adequate care for.”

All the animals are now being checked by RSPCA Victoria’s veterinary team and receiving the care they need.

RSPCA Victoria estimates it will cost around $154,000 to care for these animals[1].

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

This particular investigation remains ongoing and no charges have been laid.

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.

[1] Based on the average length of stay and average cost per day by animal type.

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