RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate has seized 28 cats and kittens, and one dog from a property in the Mitchell Shire area.
The seizure was undertaken by RSPCA Inspectors across two days on 5 and 6 June following a report made by a member of the community.
Speaking about the seizure, Michelle Green, Inspectorate Team Leader – North East, said almost all of the cats and kittens require medical care.
“The animals were found in abhorrent living conditions at the premises, with some showing signs of health issues,” Ms Green said.
“Upon seeing the deplorable condition of the animals, 11 cats were seized immediately by Inspectors and a warrant was obtained and executed the following day to seize the remaining animals.”
All the animals will be assessed by RSPCA Victoria’s veterinary team and provided with the required appropriate care.
Ms Green went on to say this case highlights significant concerns the Inspectorate are seeing when responding to cruelty complaints.
“There has been an increase in cases of animals housed in very poor conditions often resulting in health issues for the animals,” Ms Green said.
“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 such as the provision of food, water, shelter, and 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.”
Ms Green went on to say reports received from the community were vital to ensuring animal cruelty and neglect was investigated to improve the welfare of animals throughout Victoria.
“It’s only through receiving information from a member of the community we discovered animals living in these conditions and were able get them the care they need,” Ms Green said.
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 it is an offence to confine an animal in a manner that causes or is likely to cause pain or suffering to the animal and anyone found guilty of such an offence can face fines of up to $46,230 or 12 months imprisonment.
Anyone with concerns for the welfare of an animal is encouraged to contact RSPCA Victoria on 9224 2222 or submit a report at rspcavic.org/cruelty-report/ immediately.