RSPCA reminds owners in central Victoria to keep their pets | Bendigo Advertiser

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The RSPCA Victoria is once again urging pet owners to take responsibility for their pets this summer as reports of cruelty for abandonment continue to rise in the warmer months. The organization received 1,163 reports of abandoned animals in the last fiscal year, including 384 in the past summer alone. Chief Inspector Michael Stagg said the number of cruelty reports linked to abandonment is truly disappointing. More news: Elective surgery to restart at Bendigo Health by the end of the month “As owners or caretakers of animals, we have a duty of care and a legal obligation to ensure that they receive food, water, shelter and veterinary care,” he said. “If you leave, that duty of care requires that you take care of your animals in your absence.” plans for you and your family, you need to make sure you have plans for your pets as well. “Leaving animals unattended for long periods can cause suffering and can be fatal, especially in hot weather when they need extra water and access to shade,” the inspector said in Chief Stagg. The RSPCA Victoria has reminded pet owners who need to travel that leaving food or water for pets unattended for an extended period is not an adequate arrangement. Other Stories: All owners should take responsibility for their pets and ask family or friends for help or consider using the services of a boarding house or pet sitter. Reports of cruelty related to abandoned animals increase during the warmer months, with many reports filed by concerned members of the community. Before travelling, owners who have arranged for someone to care for animals in their absence should inform neighbors of their plans to avoid unnecessary worry. Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, anyone in charge of an animal is required to provide food, water and shelter, as well as animal husbandry and veterinary care appropriate as needed. If you’re leaving pets with friends or family: More news: The late-night dessert that’s reinvigorating Bendigo’s nightlife If you’re using mobile pet sitting: Catteries and boarding houses ‘they can no longer properly care for their animals, there is no shame in returning them and we urge those struggling to contact RSPCA Victoria for help and advice,’ Mr Stagg said. Anyone concerned about animal welfare is encouraged to contact the RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate via rspcavic.org/report or by calling 9224 2222. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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