Pets left for dead

Isabel Sukkar speaks for the animals. Inset: A pregnant stray cat, blind in one eye which was found the local area.

The Bankstown Express, BIANCA MARTINS, Dec 1, 2009

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CONDELL Park’s Isabel Sukkar says she has seen up to seven animals, including dogs, cats, birds and a duck, left dead on the side of the road.

‘‘I have lived in the area for six years and I have never seen such an animal cruelty problem.

I see dead animals everywhere, at the station, on the side of the road, and it just breaks my heart,’’ she said.

Ms Sukkar is calling on residents to take responsibility for their pets and to desex them in a bid to decrease the amount of stray animals roaming the streets of Bankstown.

The 38-year-old said residents would abandon their pets without desexing them first and the increase of stray animals led to some being killed by cars travelling at high speeds on local streets.

‘‘I want to see people become aware of animal welfare issues,’’ she said. ‘‘If you buy an animal, take responsibility for it because it’s not a toy.

‘‘Don’t mistreat it and don’t dump it because it’s criminal.’’ Ms Sukkar said in July, when

she was walking to the shops to get her groceries, she saw kittens coming out of a garbage bin with metal around their necks.

‘‘It’s horrible. It really is heartbreaking,’’ she said.

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