Coast animal cruelty hot spots revealed
More than 200 animal cruelty cases were reported across the Sunshine Coast last year.
The RSPCA's 2020 report revealed 253 cases were recorded in 13 suburbs in the region.
Maroochydore recorded the highest amount with 65 cases investigated, Beerwah recorded 24 cruelty complaints with 19 complaints in Coolum Beach.
The animal welfare group however, said it is encouraging to note that a total of 1535 fewer cruelty complaints were reported statewide, than in 2019.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the results offered a "glimmer of hope."
"The results were slightly down, how much of that has to do with the fact that more people were actually at home and weren't travelling for work," he said.
"While they are listed as cruelty complaints, by far the vast number of them are neglect cases where animals have been left in the sun or haven't been fed adequately."
The RSPCA said many of their investigations lead to prosecution and in 2020, a total of 143 cruelty cases were finalised.
"In a lot of cases we don't actually want to take somebody to court, what we want to do is get a prohibition order but the way the law stands at the moment, you can't get an order that stops them from owning an animal for a period of time unless you take somebody to court," Mr Beatty said.
"That's an expensive exercise and in the vast majority of the cases the fines never get paid anyway.
"It's an enormous drain on our resources and finance to have to take someone to court when really all we need is a prohibition order that will stop them having animals which they aren't fit to care for."
The top cruelty complaints received included the following issues:
- Animals in poor condition
- Animals with insufficient food and water
- Poor living conditions
- Animals being tethered and not receiving exercise
- Animal cruelty
- Animals without veterinary treatment
- Abandoned animals
- Animals without shelter
- Heat stress
1116 animal emergency calls to RSPCA Queensland last year were related to heat stress alone.
Here's how the Coast suburbs faired;
Woodford - 22 cruelty complaints
Beerwah - 24 cruelty complaints
Maleny - 15 cruelty complaints
Golden Beach - 11 cruelty complaints
Warana - 11 cruelty complaints
Mountain Creek - 11 cruelty complaints
Forest Glen - 11 cruelty complaints
Maroochydore - 65 cruelty complaints
Bli Bli - 13 cruelty complaints
Yandina - 19 cruelty complaints
Coolum Beach - 19 cruelty complaints
Noosaville - 16 cruelty complaints
Tewantin - 16 cruelty complaints
For more information on how to report cruelty or to see the interactive map to see how many complaints were received visit the RSPCA website.