As Yarrawonga pets of all shapes and sizes get ready for the inaugural Pause for Paws event to be held on Saturday, May 17, the RSPCA has released a compilation of its quirkiest animal cruelty call outs.May 7, 2014 12:41pm
Responding to everything from highly distressed individuals reporting cruelty towards
statues, having mistaken them for a dog, or reports of crocodiles appearing in suburban
backyards, RSPCA Inspectors take every job very seriously, but sometimes all is not as it
The RSPCA’s TOP TEN quirky animal cruelty call outs that weren’t;
1. A person called about an abandoned goat that had been left unfed for days, which
was actually an abandoned mattress in a paddock.
2. A man rang about his dog which had been ‘hexed’ by his neighbour to attack him
when he said a certain word. He wanted the RSPCA to “find out the word from his
3. A woman rang in anger to complain that her neighbours had left their white Bulldog
in a yard without shade and when she left a note in their mailbox telling them to
provide their dog shelter, they had put up a beach umbrella for the dog. The dog
was a statue.
4. A highly distressed woman called about a mini crocodile in her backyard which was
threatening the lives of her children. After receiving a photograph from the caller
the animal was identified as a blue-tongue lizard.
5. An inspector went to rescue a bird that was heard trapped in the roof for a number
of days. It was in fact the smoke alarm battery signal to change the battery.
6. A caller rang about a cockatoo that was so stressed in its small cage that it would not move. An inspector found an ornamental bird in a cage.
7. A gentleman called from a supermarket and said he was in the presence of an
animal killer. Someone was buying head lice treatment.
8. Two security dogs had managed to get themselves ‘tangled’ on a tether. When the
Inspector arrived at the property both dogs came running out without any
problems. The Inspector had to explain to the informant the process of dog mating.
9. A woman rang at 10 pm worried that a possum up a tree may not be able to get
10. Several complaints of two cows in a paddock with no shelter. These are two steel
cows in a field just outside of the town of Nowra on the NSW South Coast.
There is a very serious side to this however. Last financial year the RSPCA NSW Call Centre
received over 14,600 calls made by concerned members of the community reporting cases
of animal cruelty.
“Keeping an RSPCA Inspector on the road fighting animal cruelty costs $450 a day which is
why the RSPCA is calling on all pet lovers to come out and support our annual Million Paws
Walk on Sunday 18 May 2014,” said Steve Coleman, RSPCA NSW CEO.
Yarrawonga will host Pause 4 Paws on Saturday, May 17, hosted by the Lions Club of Yarrawonga to raise money for Guide Dogs Victoria and Lions Hearing Dogs.
For more information see this week’s Yarrawonga Chronicle.
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