Shocking animal cruelty crimes
ANIMALS are abused on a daily basis in Mackay and logged complaints reveal that Andergrove, South Mackay and Sarina are the region's cruellest areas.
The RSPCA received 14,594 animal cruelty complaints in Queensland in the 2010/11 financial year and 363 of those were from Mackay, including quite possibly the state's most shocking case of animal abuse.
The animal welfare organisation has described the plight of a dog, now known as Sticky, which had its eyes glued shut as one of the worst animal cruelty cases in Queensland in recent years. Other horrifying cases of animal abuse in Mackay in 2010/11 included a dog that died after being shot with a bow and arrow and a border collie, which was wounded by what appeared to be a .22 rifle.
Of Mackay's 363 animal cruelty complaints, 31 originated from Andergrove while there was another 30 reported in both Sarina and South Mackay.
Animals with broken bones, dogs with worm cases so severe they needed blood transfusions to survive and pets crawling with parasites are among the animal abuse cases regularly seen by Mackay vets.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said it was also common for the organisation to receive reports of pets that had been neglected, abandoned or left in cars. Mr Beatty said the case of Sticky the dog, was quite possibly the worst in Queensland for the entire year. The King Charles spaniel-cross had both its eyes super-glued shut and suffered what appeared to be chemical-like burns. But it's not just pets that are being abused. Mr Beatty said it was common for the RSPCA to receive complaints about crows with broken wings, possums nailed to bins and trees and koalas that had been shot.
The 14,594 complaints recorded in Queensland was an increase of about 2000 on the previous financial year; but Mr Beatty said it was even more concerning that animal cruelty cases, in general, had increased in severity.
The maximum penalty for animal cruelty is two years' imprisonment or a $100,000 fine. Duty of care breaches carry fines of up to $30,000 or one year imprisonment.
Our cruellest suburbs
Animal cruelty complaints in 2010/11:
- Andergrove: 31
- Sarina: 30
- South Mackay: 30
- Slade Point: 26
- North Mackay: 25