THE RSPCA released a compilation of its quirkiest animal cruelty callouts.
Responding to everything from highly distressed individuals reporting cruelty towards statues, having mistaken them for a dog, or reports of crocodiles appearing in suburban backyards, RSPCA inspectors take every job very seriously, but sometimes all is not as it seems.
The RSPCA's TOP 10 quirky animal cruelty callouts that weren't
- 1. A person called about an abandoned goat that had been left unfed for days, which was actually an dumped mattress in a paddock.
- 2. A man rang about his dog that had been 'hexed' by his neighbour to attack him when he said a certain word. He wanted the RSPCA to "find out the word from his dog".
- 3. A woman rang in anger to complain her neighbours had left their white bulldog in a yard without shade and when she left a note in their mailbox telling them to provide their dog with shelter, they had put up a beach umbrella for the dog. The dog was a statue.
- 4. A highly distressed woman called about a mini crocodile in her backyard that was threatening the lives of her children. After receiving a photograph from the caller, the animal was identified as a blue-tongue lizard.
- 5. An inspector went to rescue a bird that was heard trapped in the roof for a number of days. It was in fact the smoke alarm battery signal to change the battery.
- 6. A caller rang about a cockatoo that was so stressed in its small cage that it would not move. An inspector found an ornamental bird in a cage.
- 7. A gentleman called from a supermarket and said he was in the presence of an animal killer. Someone was buying head-lice treatment.
- 8. Two security dogs had managed to get themselves 'tangled' on a tether. When the inspector arrived at the property, both dogs came running out without any problems. The inspector had to explain to the informant the process of dog mating.
- 9. A woman rang at 10pm worried that a possum up a tree may not be able to get down.
- 10. Several complaints of two cows in a paddock with no shelter. These are two steel cows in a field just outside of the town of Nowra on the NSW south coast.
These 10 examples are pretty funny, it's true, but there is a very serious side to this. Last financial year the RSPCA NSW call centre received more than 14,600 calls from concerned members of the community reporting cases of animal cruelty.
Keeping an RSPCA inspector on the road fighting animal cruelty costs $450 a day.
Fundraising is an essential component of the Million Paws Walk, which took place on Sunday.
"The best part about all the Million Paws Walk events around the state is that funds raised stay in the local community to assist the RSPCA volunteer branches and regional shelters to take care of local animals," said Steve Coleman, RSPCA NSW chief executive officer.