CASEY council is leading the way in trying to stamp out cruelty to animals.
The council is one of only a few Victonan councils that applied to exercise powers to investigate and prosecute its own cases of animal cruelty.
The council in 2008 sought the authority from the Minister of Agriculture to allow its local laws officers to become inspectors under the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsAct. The results have been successful so far, with the council taking a resident to court for failing to provide proper care and medical treatment to her dog, which had to be put down. The womanwas fined $2730.
Barrie Tapp, from the Animal Cruelty Hotline, has praised the council’s initiative and encouraged other councils to follow its lead. “I am really going all out this year to convert all councils and shires as this would bring a sigh of relief to not only RSPCA but the Department of Primary Industry and police. It will give animal welfare against cruelty another stronghold,” MrTapp said.
“I know that the RSPCA is undermanned and grossly overworked with the little resources that it has and the public needs to get behind it in every way.” MrTapp saidhewouldbewillingtohelp out councils with any necessary training.
Casey’s acting manager of community safety, Tracey Blythe, said the council was committed to the welfare of animals and to responding to cases ofcruelty and neglect.; Fines up to $24,000 and two years’ imprisonment are penalties for cruelty.