By Victoria Stone-Meadows
The starving and neglected animals seized from a property in Dandenong North last month are receiving ongoing medical care in preparation for adoption.
Seven animals found dead and a further 16 found starved and abused at the Dandenong North property prompted an RSPCA investigation.
Five cats and two snakes were found dead when RSPCA inspectors arrived. They removed two starving dogs, seven cats, a python, four lizards and two frogs.
Three of the cats found inside the house required immediate veterinary attention and all remaining animals are now receiving veterinary care.
RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate Team Leader, Southern Metro, Senior Inspector Stuart Marchesani said the investigation into those responsible for leaving the animals unattended is ongoing.
“The RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for a menagerie of animals found abandoned at a Dandenong North property on January 25,” he said.
“All of the surviving animals are continuing to receive veterinary care, with some requiring prolonged care.
“Eventually, the domestic animals will be assessed for adoption, while the non-domestic animals will be moved to a wildlife facility.”
RSPCA Victoria inspectors and Victoria police attended the property in response to a report of concerns for the animals’ welfare.
“There is no excuse for animal neglect and those found guilty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act face fines up to $77,730 and two years’ imprisonment,” Mr Marchesani said.
Anyone with information about this investigation, or with concerns about the welfare of any other animal, can make a report to RSPCA Victoria at rspcavic.org or on 9224 2222.