RSPCA figures show inspectors have attended 398 jobs following animal cruelty reports from Monash in the past two financial years.
In 2011-12, animals that had been beaten or wounded, left to starve or were underweight were the most common call-outs for inspectors.
These followed about 100 reports of insufficient food, water and shelter in 2010-11. Dogs and cats were the animals most likely to be abused.
Wildlife Victoria spokeswoman Amy Amato said the organisation was “deeply concerned” by the number of reports.
“We as a society have to seriously evaluate these people who inflict pain and suffering on our wildlife,” Ms Amato said.
In one of the worst cases, a baby brushtail possum was brutally bashed before being wrapped in a plastic bag and dumped in Huntingdale Primary School for students to find in July this year.
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“I’d be seeing two to three cases a week where animals have been harmed,” Ms Phillips said.
She said the statistics were a reminder for people buying pets to understand their responsibilities.
RSPCA Victoria senior inspector Daniel Bode encouraged residents to report cases where animals had been harmed.
To report a case of animal cruelty, phone the RSPCA on 9224 2222.