New RSPCA WA inspector operational in the Mid West

The RSPCA WA has a new inspector in the Mid West, dedicated to making the region a safer, healthier and happier place for animals and their owners.

Paul Acton, a former ranger who has lived in the area for 15 years, is now permanently based in the Mid West after three months of training in Perth.

He says the role of inspector is a “dream job” and he looks forward to engaging with pet owners and the wider community.

Paul will enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2002 by investigating public reports of cruelty, neglect and abandonment, and rescuing animals from emergency situations.

Last year, the RSPCA WA received more than 200 cruelty complaints from the City of Greater Geraldton, the vast majority of which could be resolved by working in conjunction with landlords.

Paul says enforcement has its place, but education is the key to creating lasting change in animal welfare.

“Most of the reports the RSPCA WA receives from the Mid West are of negligence rather than intentional cruelty,” he says.

“It can be due to a lack of knowledge or financial pressures, and in most cases keeping animals and owners together is in the interests of both.

“By giving people a better understanding of their pets, we can help break the cycle of neglect, which not only benefits this current pet, but any future pets the family may own.”

Originally from the UK, Paul will be based in Geraldton, where he will work closely with local rangers, rescue groups and WA Police.

“To be able to make a difference in the region where I have lived for 15 years and defend the animals, who are voiceless victims, will be incredible, he says.

“I really hope the community can support me and continue to report concerns about pets and livestock in the area.”

The RSPCA WA is the only animal welfare charity in the state with inspectors empowered to investigate and prosecute offenses under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

RSPCA WA regional inspectors are based in the Mid West, South West, Great Southern, Goldfields, and the charity is currently recruiting a full-time inspector based in Broome.

Report cruelty 24/7 to 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358) or online.

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