Man charged after allegedly abandoning bull arab puppies
A MAN has been charged with abandoning an animal after last month dumping a litter of bull arab puppies on the side of the road near Mt Larcom.
The alleged offender, who is due to appear in court on October 1, will be tried under tougher penalties due to recent amendments made by the Newman government to the Animal Care and Protection Act.
Consequences for negligence and carelessness on behalf of pet owners has increased from a maximum penalty of $110,000 fine or two years imprisonment to a $220,000 fine or three years imprisonment.
Gladstone Friends of RSPCA president Judy Whicker said she doubted whether harsher penalties would be an effective deterrence.
"I don't think it's going to have much effect whatsoever," she said.
"The government needs to impose mandatory desexing of all cats and dogs, unless reared by a registered breeder."
The recent dumping of six bull arab puppies on the side of the road raised concerns about backyard breeders unwilling to take responsibility for their actions.
Local MP for Gladstone Liz Cunningham supported the legislation changes, saying the most vulnerable members of our community deserved protection.
"When a person is cruel to a defenceless pet, whether it is a dog, a cat or any other animal, I think it shows a fundamental flaw in human nature."
Gladstone Friends of the RSPCA are eagerly awaiting the opening of a $1 million pound to be opened on Hanson Rd later this year.
With resources stretched to the limit, the call is out for foster carers and loving families willing to adopt.
Cat adoption day is this weekend, with 60 cats available for adoption at 17 Pams Ct in Beecher.