RSPCA struggling under influx of neglected animals

Leo as he was found by RSPCA inspectors.
Leo as he was found by RSPCA inspectors.

AN influx of animals surrendered to RSPCA inspectors over the past financial year is stretching resources at its animal care centre in Malaga.

Earlier this month, a RSPCA inspector responded to a report of a neglected dog and found a terrier, Leo, with fur so severely matted it took two vet nurses more than an hour to remove it.

Poor Leo having his matted fur cut.

Executive manager of community engagement Maree Daniels said 763 animals were surrendered to inspectors in 2017-18 while a further 168 animals were seized pending further investigation.

“Caring for surrendered animals like Leo, in addition to those who come to us because of cruelty or neglect, is a huge task and one that puts enormous strain on the RSPCA,” she said.

“When animals are let down by their owner, they rely on us to stop their pain and suffering and get them the care they need.

“For Leo, this meant being free from the pain of his severely matted hair which had weighed him down and caused him constant discomfort.

“Fortunately for Leo he is already on his way to recovery.

Leo looking far more spry.

“Other animals need much more extensive treatment or behavioural rehabilitation, which can require many more months in our care.

“No matter how long it takes, RSPCA WA will explore all medical and behavioural avenues to ensure animals in our care can have the best chance to find loving new homes.”

Ms Daniels said taking in 15 surrendered animals a week was costly and time-consuming and wouldn’t be possible without generous donations and community support – which provides 90 per cent of the funding required for RSPCA WA to continue its animal protection work.

Once Leo is ready for a new home, he’ll be listed on RSPCA’s Adoptapet website.