STRATHBOGIE Shire has ranked well in new data released by RSPCA, which details local council areas for animals cruelty reports.
The 2017-18 data ranked the shire 66th of Victoria’s 79 local council areas for animal cruelty, and 42nd on a per capita (person) basis.
This year’s data indicates a drop in reports from last year, in which they ranked 60th of 79 councils for animal cruelty reports.
Over the 12 months RSPCA Victoria received 10,642 cruelty reports across the state, which equates to around 29 per day.
Out of the 10,642 reported only 31 were concerns and reports about the welfare of animals in the Strathbogie Shire, which is one report for every 520 residents living in the shire, falling below the state average of one report per 575 residents.
Some offences reported in Strathbogie Shire included 18 reports of animals with insufficient food, water or shelter (4905 across the state), 13 concerns about hygiene, grooming and housing conditions (3212 state-wide) and 15 reports of underweight animals (2704 across Victoria) .