Coast hot spot for animal cruelty

THE Sunshine Coast has emerged as a hot spot in Queensland for animal cruelty complaints.

RSPCA figures show close to 700 complaints originated from the region in the past financial year.

The complaints range from dogs locked in hot cars, failed home castrations of animals to ponies chained without access to water.

The hinterland areas had disturbingly high numbers compared to population levels.

Nambour was the source of most of the Coast complaints with 42 recorded. Beerwah had 30, Yandina 28 and Landsborough 21.

There was also cause for concern in the larger coastal suburbs, with Maroochydore at 31, Buderim 30, and Caloundra 23.

The northern region of the Coast is the most pet friendly.

Coolum only had four complaints and both Peregian Beach and Noosa Heads had three. Caboolture had 222, Toowoomba 258, Warwick 59 and Rockhampton 96.

Shockingly across Queensland there were 14,594 complaints.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said the complaints were usually not repeated calls from one source.

"There is more community awareness about responsible pet ownership these days," Mr Beatty said.

" People are more inclined to ring up if they see a dog locked in a car."

Figures include livestock, domestic and native animal complaints.

THE CRUEL COAST FACTS

Cases of complaints:

Beerwah30

Buderim30

Caloundra23

Currimundi12

Glasshouse Mountains14

Kawana15

Landsborough21

Maroochydore31

Nambour42

Tewantin21

Yandina28

- BIANCA CLARE


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