DISTURBING cases of animal cruelty are being regularly reported across Monash, including abandoned, beaten and malnourished pets left for dead.

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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Oakleigh South Wildlife Shelter carer Michelle Phillips said the statistics could be much higher, with many cases going unreported.

“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.

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