RSPCA WA expresses concern over decapitation of joey in Halls Head

Jenny Brown took a photo of a kangaroo standing near the decapitated joey.
Jenny Brown took a photo of a kangaroo standing near the decapitated joey.

RSPCA WA chief executive David Van Ooran has expressed deep concern about reports a joey was decapitated in Mandurah on Friday.

“Acts of violence and cruelty towards animals are never ok and are totally unacceptable,” he said.

Halls Head resident Jenny Brown was disgusted when she came across a decapitated joey in the bush.

She was returning from the beach and noticed a kangaroo that had not moved for some time.

She saw a few metres away a joey, that had been decapitated with a sharp blade.

“I guess the mummy roo didn’t want to leave her baby,” Ms Brown said.

“We urge anyone who may know anything about this, or have information that could lead us to the person or people responsible, to come forward and report it to police, or to the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline 1300 CRUELTY (278 3589),” Mr Van Orran said

Cruelty to animals is a serious offense and is punishable by law under the Animal Welfare Act (2002).

Penalties include a fine up to $50,000, up to 5 years in jail and a permanent criminal conviction.

Ms Brown sent an email to the City of Mandurah and the joey’s body was removed.

Rangers did not attend the incident and council is not investigating.

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