RSPCA issues warning after dogs baited in Port Kennedy

The area where dogs have been baited from Google Maps.
The area where dogs have been baited from Google Maps.

THE RSPCA has issued a warning after several pets were poisoned in Port Kennedy.

A spokesman said RSPCA WA was investigating a number of reports of apparent poisoning of pets within a 1km radius of the intersection of Strasbourg Ramble and Grand Ocean Boulevard.

“While the investigation continues, we’d like to remind people with pets to keep them on a leash at all times when out walking, and to watch them closely in parks and bushland areas,” he said.

“Also please keep an eye on your pets in your yards, and if you see any suspicious behaviour or find possible baits, please report it immediately.”

The spokesman said baiting was sometimes carried out to target nuisance or barking dogs.

“It is never ok to target animals in this way,” he said.

“If you have an issue with a barking dog in your neighbourhood, please address it with the dog’s owner directly – they may not be aware that their dog is barking when they’re not home.

“If you have dogs at home alone, please ensure that they are provided with enough stimulation and enrichment throughout the day to prevent them from becoming a nuisance.

“Things that might help include taking them for a long walk in the morning or before leaving them alone so they are calm and relaxed; leaving toys like kongs for them to play with and food puzzles to keep them occupied.”

The spokesman said dog owners should ensure their dog is kept on their own property.

“Use reward-based training to help reduce behaviours such as excessive barking,” he said.

Report incidents of baiting to the RSPCA WA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 CRUELTY (278 3589).

It is a criminal offence under the Animal Welfare Act to intentionally or recklessly poison an animal. Those found guilty can face a fine of up to $50,000 or up to five years imprisonment.