Over 50 volunteers took part in a campaign on Sunday morning (25 January) to assist an RSPCA ACT investigation into an act of animal cruelty that shocked Canberra last week.
On Wednesday last week, nine five-week-old puppies were found in a box near Kingsford Smith Drive in Higgins, one of which was severely injured and had to be euthanised by the RSPCA ACT.
RiotACT contributors Steven Bailey and Alexandra Craig collaborated to assist the RSPCA in their investigation to find the culprit.
Members of the community, including former chief minster Katy Gallagher and animal welfare supporters, met at Higgins Shops on Sunday morning and dispersed leaflets into the letterboxes of the surrounding suburbs. The leaflets appealed to residents for information relating to the incident.
Co-organiser Steven Bailey said it was positive to see Canberrans rally together to support the initiative.
“It is a sad story and reminder to all of us that animal cruelty is a serious problem, but it was inspiring to see such community support and I’d like to thank everyone who came.”
RSPCA ACT CEO Tammy Ven Dange said she was grateful for the community’s assistance.
“We are so thankful to the wonderful volunteers that helped with the letterbox drop on Sunday. We’ll be reviewing all new leads, and hope that perhaps that extra bit of effort was exactly what was needed to help us find the horrible people who hurt this puppy and its littermates,” she said.
Anyone with information about the animal cruelty incident is urged to contact RSPCA ACT senior inspector Catherine Croatto on 0408 421 255.
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