Call for new animal cruelty laws in Qld

Shae McDonald

Queensland's opposition leader is calling on the government to introduce new animal cruelty laws that punish people who keep their dogs locked in hot cars.

Deb Frecklington says 1000 of the more than 22,000 calls the RSPCA receives across the state each year were about canines trapped in vehicles.

"It is simply not good enough to treat our pets in this manner," she said on Sunday.

Ms Frecklington urged the government to introduce a new law that made it a specific offence to keep a dog in a hot car.

"Tragically, it can take just six minutes for a dog to die in a hot vehicle," she said.

"We don't have the numbers in parliament so we would happily work with the government, back the RSPCA and make these important changes a reality."

The LNP also called for new animal cruelty laws to put an end to dog and cockfighting, and give inspectors more power to protect at-risk animals.