A friend in Australia contacted me today, advising that their neighbour of a few doors down had gone on holidays and left their dog on a short chain in the yard with no food, water or shelter. I urged this friend to contact the RSPCA in the local area or the police and report the matter. Their response was that “maybe they will come back soon” and that they “didn’t want to get involved” with such things.
I have worked as a veterinary nurse for the RSPCA in Australia. Emergency officers work 24 hours per day, attending to cases of abused animals. If you ring their emergency number (1300 ANIMAL – 1300 264 625) and nobody picks up – which is highly unlikely, regardless of the time of year – then contact your local police on 131 444.
When you see an animal hurting, ask yourself a question that might…
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