Animal cruelty highlighted in pup's treatment
By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A shocking case of alleged animal cruelty has highlighted a pathetic contribution to the RSPCA by both state and federal governments.
A Gladstone resident who can't be named for fear of retribution said she recently bought a puppy who had been exposed to sickening neglect and cruelty.
'It had an abscess the size of a 10 cent piece on its tail. The other day I was washing it and the tail exploded in my hand,' the source said.
They then had to take the puppy to a vet to have it's tail amputated.
'Fleas totally covered its entire body, with ticks in the parts fleas were not.''
The source said she had rescued this puppy and phoned the RSPCA to help the remaining members of the litter.
After almost a month they said there were still puppies at the address, yesterday it was confirmed massive underfunding and staffing shortages were to blame.
Nationally 86 inspectors handle 48,000 cases each year, while across Queensland 16 inspectors are responsible for investigating 11,000 complaints, according to the RSPCA.
In Queensland the public donates $11,835,000 to RSPCA's operating budget each year, the state government a meagre $165,000.
RSPCA QLD CEO Mark Townend said yesterday to equip one inspector with fuel, phone, computer, vehicle, pay check and other expenses costs $80,000 to $90,000 a year.
Of the 11,000 cases last year between 40 and 50 people were prosecuted.
'Obviously we always prefer more,' Mr Townend said.
He said one inspector based in Rockhampton had to cover the entire region two hours drive north, south, east and west of the city.
The RSPCA has promised to follow up the mistreatment allegations.