Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cruelty Numbers High

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cruelty Numbers High

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Ashley Clark

MORE than 460 animal cruelty complaints were made in the Bundaberg region last year.

Statistics released by the RSPCA showed suburbs such as Bundaberg East, Bundaberg North and Kepnock racking up big numbers.

According to RSPCA regional inspector Penny Flaherty, the Wide Bay is one of the higher rated areas year on year.

"It comes down to a few things including people who are not able to afford the cost of keeping pets or keeping up with treatment and medical expenses," she said.

Ms Flaherty said each complaint call-out was handled differently, depending on the severity of the situation.

"It has a lot to do with what sort of condition the animal is in," she said.

"First, we try to give advice to pet and animal owners and in worst case scenarios, animals may be seized and owners could be prosecuted in court.

"We can also issue fines of up to $220,000 and owners can face imprisonment. …

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