Thursday, March 20, 2014
Help needed from Newcastle residents
RSPCA NSW is calling on residents of Wallsend in Newcastle to come forward regarding a sickening attack on a possum with an arrow.
The possum was found by a member of the public on Brooks Street in Wallsend. The arrow penetrated the possum’s body and became lodged in it. The possum’s tail had also been removed.
“The possum was still alive when it was brought into the Wallsend Vet Clinic, but died shortly after arrival due to the severity of its injuries,” said RSPCA NSW Inspector Scott Myers.
Possums are a protected native animal in NSW and whilst trapping and removal of animals from residential areas is legal, it must be done in a humane manner.
Under the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act the offender could face a fine of up to $22,000 and/or two years jail.
Members of the public with information about this attack are encouraged to call the RSPCA on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).