Animal cruelty: Our suburbs of shame
MORE than two animal cruelty complaints were made each hour on average last year across Queensland, with the RSPCA raising concerns the charity is overworked and under-resourced.
There were 18,414 complaints recorded in 2017, up from 18,112 cases in 2016.
Caboolture had the most complaints of any Queensland postcode, with 220 incidents. It has been the worst suburb for animal cruelty since 2015.
The RSPCA's Michael Beatty said animal neglect was as common as deliberate cruelty.
"It's hard to know whether or not there is more neglect or cruelty going on, or whether or not people are more aware of it," he said.
Deception Bay had the second most incidents last year (146). Eagleby and Woodridge both recorded 125.
The figures come after horrific footage surfaced of a 32-year-old Gold Coast man appearing to kick his staffordshire bull terrier this month. The man will face Southport Magistrates Court in February on one count of animal cruelty.
Mr Beatty estimated the RSPCA took about 80 cruelty cases to court in 2017.
"In the past four years there has been a few more incidents where animals have been shot with arrows and that sort of thing," he said. Sadly the lower socio-economic areas do seem to have more (incidents)."
Mr Beatty said the RSPCA was "hugely overworked".
"Resources are the problem, we're a charity, we're not a government department."
Nikki Chapple from Best Friends Felines said Brisbane didn't offer enough pet friendly rental properties.
"That's our No.1 surrender reason," she said.
Ms Chapple, who last year spent $133,000 on vet fees, said one 17-week-old kitten had been thrown into a wall and suffered a shattered pelvis.
"People just don't take their animals to the vet," she said.