Tuesday, October 6, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 6: RSPCA Inspectorate and RSPCA Superhero Ball 2009

RSPCA NSW has Australia’s biggest squad of law enforcement officers dedicated to policing offences against animals. There are 30 inspectors in NSW – 15 in the Sydney metropolitan area and 15 located in regional areas around the state.

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1979, RSPCA Inspectors have the power to remove animals from owners who are cruel, neglectful or indifferent to their animals’ suffering. Inspectors investigate more than 12,000 complaints every year. Many of these complaints are dealt with on the spot by educating owners of their responsibility. The cruelty cases are referred to the courts for prosecution.
RSPCA inspectors investigate complaints against all kinds of animals in all kinds of situations. The most common complaints are failure to provide adequate food, veterinary treatment and adequate shelter.

Inspectors also investigate pet shops, sale yards, abandoned animals, drought stricken livestock, tethered animals, hoarders – people with more animals than they can look after and acts of intentional harm and cruelty.

In 2007/2008 financial year our Inspectorate received 6,401 insufficient food and water complaints, and investigated a further 13,649 complaints, with 835 charges made against 129 defendats.

Rocky's Story

Rocky, a Kelpie cross, was seized by RSPCA NSW after a concerned member of the public reported a very skinny dog in the neighbourhood. On of our Inspectors, Claire, followed up on the report and found Rocky in the backyard of a house. He was in extremely poor health and although he was emaciated with his ribs clearly visible, his gentle nature shone through. Inspector Kendall brought Rocky back to the shelter where he received some much deserved attention during his stay at the RSPCA. He was nursed back to a healthy weight and body condition.

His owners were prosecuted and pleaded guilty. Rocky was surrendered to RSPCA NSW. A healthy, happy Rocky was put up for adoption. Despite his history of neglect, Rocky’s good nature ensured he found a home quickly. His new owners keep in touch with the RSPCA staff that cared for him. Finally Rocky has been given a second chance at a life he deserves.

RSPCA Superhero Ball 2009- raising funds for our RSPCA NSW Inspectorate

Formally known as the Paws for Celebration Ball, this year’s RSPCA annual gala event has been ‘supersized’. Gone are the stuffy chairs and tables, three course dinner and live auctions – replaced by a cocktail-style event with food and drink included in the reduced ticket price. And we’re not talking cocktail frankfurts and a glass of chardonnay. Substantial, welfare-friendly food will be circulating all night along with a bevy of beverages to whet even the most parched participant.

Replacing the live auction items – which the same six people tend to bid on every year – is a cavalcade of interactive games. For $5, $10, $20 or $50, you might pick up a prize in the bat cave, win a car on the Noble Toyota Tree or jostle the joker to give up some goodies. Each time you play, you are assisting the RSPCA and you stand the chance to win amazing prizes including holidays, a car (courtesy of Noble Toyota), a scooter and so much more.

Dress is black tie or, if you feel the need for speed, come dressed as your favour superhero... or just wear your undies on the outside. Come mingle with animal-friendly celebrities and superheroes.

There is a serious cause behind this event. We are hoping to raise $60,000 on the night to purchase an Emergency Response Vehicle for our inspectors. You might have seen the Scooby rescue on the news - if not, don't miss the the full story on tonight's RSPCA Animal Rescue! -  our Inspectors worked for five days straight and had to call in favours from the fire brigade, mine safety experts and commercial drillers to assist in this operation. In that same week, our inspectors attended nine rescues. An Emergency Response Vehicle would have made the operations a lot easier.

Watch RSPCA Inspectors being interviewed on the Channel 7's Sunrise Morning Show >

Please help us help our very own Superheroes and have some fun doing it. The event is open to everyone – not just our dedicated supporters – so bring a friend or find a friend on the night!

Tickets are $150 which includes all drinks, food and live entertainment. And remember to bring a pocket full of change to play our interactive games and bid on our silent auctions.

Click the button above to buy tickets online.To donate prizes to the ball or purchase tickets over the phone, please contact the RSPCA NSW Events Team on 02 9782 4480 or email events@rspcansw.org.au

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