The RSPCA says it is at breaking point after an influx of 250 sick, injured and neglected animals since Christmas.

On Tuesday, RSPCA inspectors seized 70 animals from a property in Toodyay, including dogs, horses, sheep, birds and a goat.

Today, a raid on a Henley Brook property was expected to net nearly 100 animals, mostly poultry and goats.

The raids come after an operation in Maylands in early December which resulted in more than 130 animals returning to RSPCA’s Malaga care centre.

Chief executive David Van Ooran said the charity needed urgent financial help from the public after several major animal rescue operations.

“The RSPCA is currently experiencing a crisis, after an additional 250 sick, injured and neglected animals have come into RSPCA’s Malaga care centre since Christmas time,” RSPCA CEO David van Ooran said.

“The unprecedented seizures and surrenders over the last two months are costing the RSPCA an additional $7500 a day.

“RSPCA is a community-based organisation and 94 per cent of its funding comes directly from the local community.

“We are committed to doing what it can to continue looking after the welfare of animals in Western Australia and we are asking people to dig deep to help us through this crisis.”

He said the ongoing housing and veterinary treatment of the animals was largely due to the support of local businesses.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the RSPCA can call 1300 777 221 or 9209 9300 or visit www.rspcawa.asn.au

The West Australian

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